This week is HeartUnions Week. It is a week dedicated to increasing involvement in unions and celebrating the vital work they do in workplaces up and down the country.
I’ve passionately campaigned for workers’ rights throughout my life and, before becoming an MP, I was a Shop Steward for Unite for many years. More recently, I’ve given my full support to GMB in their efforts to defend workers from the appalling conditions in ASOS warehouses and supported the RMT in their successful campaign to ensure guards will remain on Northern Rail trains.
One of the main aims of HeartUnions Week is to continue the fight against zero-hours contracts. Both I and the Labour Party stand firmly against these exploitative contracts, which have contributed to the sharp rise of in-work poverty. 60% of those living in poverty are in work, which amounts to a staggering four million British workers.
To improve the lives of workers across the country, a Labour Government will raise the Minimum Wage to at least £10 per hour by 2020 to guarantee all workers a genuine Living Wage. We’ll also repeal the regressive Trade Union Act because we understand that the most effective way to maintain good rights at work is through a union.
HeartUnions week provides a chance for many who have yet to join unions to learn more about their brilliant work. In Government, Labour will improve workers’ rights but, until then, I’ll continue to work with unions to make sure that workers get the best deal possible.