Corbyn and McDonnell attack greed and exploitation in campaign blitz

Corbyn campaign unveils series of policy proposals to protect workers' rights

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It should be mandatory for all companies with over 250 employees to bargain with recognised trade unions over pay and conditions, Jeremy Corbyn has written in today’s Observer.

In a policy-packed op-ed, Corbyn also pledged that as Labour leader he would:

  • work to end zero-hour contracts
  • reverse the privatisation of the care sector
  • revise company law and the takeover code to prevent BHS-type disasters
  • create a national investment back in every region of the country.

As well as criticising the exploitative practices of BHS and of zero-hour employers like Sports Direct, Corbyn also attacked Byron, the burger chain that lured its workers into an immigration sting earlier this month.

In his approach to migrant workers, Corbyn is setting himself apart from his rival Owen Smith, who says that there has been excessive immigration in parts of Britain, putting downward pressure on wages.

In contrast, Corbyn is calling for cooperation and collective bargaining to protect both local and migrant workers, citing the case of the Fawley oil refinery:

“Unionised workers on £125 per day saw workers brought in from Italy and Bulgaria on just £48. Last week, impending industrial action won backdated pay parity for their co-workers. By working together through their union, the workforce stopped established workers being undercut and migrant workers being exploited.”

Corbyn and his shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, have been on a campaigning blitz over the weekend, both in northern and southern cities, emphasising their workers’ rights platform.

In this morning’s Mirror, McDonnell backed the introduction of a ‘Philip Green law’, which would prevent corporate executives from simultaneously taking out large loans and paying themselves hefty dividends.

‘It will block companies being treated as debt cash cows,’ he said. ‘But most of all it will protect employees and their pensions.’

See also: Minimum wage denied to workers who support the elderly and vulnerable

6 Responses to “Corbyn and McDonnell attack greed and exploitation in campaign blitz”

  1. Allan

    “In contrast, Corbyn is calling for cooperation and collective bargaining to protect both local and migrant workers, citing the case of the Fawley oil refinery:

    “Unionised workers on £125 per day saw workers brought in from Italy and Bulgaria on just £48. Last week, impending industrial action won backdated pay parity for their co-workers. By working together through their union, the workforce stopped established workers being undercut and migrant workers being exploited.”

    This would of course be the same Jeremy Corbyn who campaigned for the UK to stay in the EU….thus he wanted UK business to have continued access to cheap labour…..

  2. Michael WALKER

    Corbyn can promise to give voters £1,000 each and still not become PM.

  3. Fred

    They’ll never be elected so it’s irrelevant.

  4. Daniel Bakke

    Funny how every commenter is a politics expert now – so confident in their predictions that Corbyn will never be PM. Wonder why they’re so scared of him then. Of course, this has absolutely nothing to do with astroturfing by Portland Communications. Nothing at all…

  5. KImberley

    Now we have a manifesto for real change. It is what the nation has been crying out for. The rallies show that there is great popularity and faith in a Labour Party led by Corbyn. It is not that Corbyn is unelectable but that he is very electable that the establishment is so much afraid of.

  6. Michael WALKER

    >Daniel Bakke
    Funny how every commenter is a politics expert now – so confident in their predictions that Corbyn will never be PM. “

    Strangely enough , although opinion polls can be wrong and often, a Corbyn leadership is so far behind the Conservatives in voter approval and Labour’s economic mismanagement is so distrusted that there is a major mountain to climb for Labour just to stay still in terms of seats.
    It has fallen into third place in Scotland in the recent MSP elections – so much for ” winning back Scotland”. It lost net council seats when it should be winning and its polling is dire. The Tories are 16% points ahead.. unheard of at this stage of the electoral cycle.

    These are the hallmarks of an election loser .. not a winner.. To do that, Labour must win Tory seats. Period.. With those ratings, the only thing it is going to win is the wooden spoon.

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