The Don Valley MP was in the Chamber to hear Secretary of State, Greg Clark announce new legislation to protect workers’ rights after Brexit and to give Parliament votes on whether to improve new rights introduced by the European Union 27 states after the UK leaves. Mr Clark said: “I am grateful to the Rt Hon Lady [Caroline] for having initiated this conversation.”
Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Secretary of State for Business thanked the Don Valley MP and three other colleagues for having “unrelentingly championed the protection of British workers as we leave the EU.” Ms Long Bailey also mentioned Melanie Onn MP, John Mann MP and Gareth Snell MP, who jointly lobbied Government for these changes.
The new measures provide vital safeguards for the UK, so that 32million working people will not see their rights at work decline after the UK leave the EU.
Speaking after the statement, Caroline said: “The proposals for safeguarding workers’ rights, and giving Parliament a mechanism for improving rights in the future, is a great step forward and a genuine gain for Labour MPs. After several months of negotiations, we just hope to iron out a few questions of detail, but we are very close to the kind of guarantees Labour MPs have long supported.
“Alongside guarantees on environmental protection, these measures ensure that the UK has a workforce with clear rights and protections in the years to come. It gives a guaranteed voice for trade unions, if any changes are proposed. It also gives Parliament the final say and obliges Ministers to report every six months to Parliament. For millions of workers, this change may prove to be a very big deal in the years to come.
“Labour has always stood up for the workers on the shop-floor and on the frontline, in the public and private sector. This commitment to enshrining those rights in law shows that real and important improvements can be made to the Withdrawal Agreement without needing the consent of the EU27 member states.
“I promised Don Valley voters that I would work for the best Brexit deal for jobs and for businesses in Doncaster. For me that means clear protections for workers and a deal which gives certainty to businesses. Brexit isn’t just about symbolic votes, it is about securing big changes going forward and that is what I have tried to do.”
Watch Caroline Flint’s exchange with Greg Clark HERE.