Government response to Taylor report 'disappointing'

07 February 2018


Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has criticised the government’s response to the Taylor review into working practices in Britain.


He said: ‘It’s a big disappointment. We all know the problems and the government promised to address the fears of millions of workers but – yet again – they haven’t delivered. The trouble with Theresa May and Greg Clark is they’re all blow, no go.


‘Millions of hard-working households are suffering because the Tories – under first David Cameron and now Theresa May – have allowed companies to bend the rules, and exploit workers, to the point that even sensible Conservatives, and many successful businessmen, feel is embarrassing.


‘Firms such as Uber, Deliveroo and DPD need to be properly held to account. But the government’s proposals will not deal with the hire and fire culture of zero hours contracts and the shame of the sham self-employment in this country.


‘They need to step up to the plate and, for once, do the right thing so people have the security, and protection, they need to bring up a family without worrying if they will have any work next week and the means of keeping a roof above their heads, clothes on their backs, and food on the table.’

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