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New workers’ rights rules just tinkering, warns IER

GOVERNMENT plans to improve workers’ rights were dismissed yesterday as “tinkering with the details of legislation” by a leading research group.

Ministers have launched consultations on issues including improving statutory sick pay, paid paternity leave and protection for people in insecure jobs.

But the Institute of Employment Rights (IER) said the proposals “pale in contrast to expert recommendations.”

It added: “In all cases, the proposals shy too far from robust change and fail to challenge a culture of work in which unilateral decisions made by employers rule workers’ lives.

“This imbalanced relationship is at the heart of all of the issues workers now face, and tinkering with the details of legislation will barely hinder employers such as Uber from working around the law.”

The IER has published A Manifesto for Labour Law, a blueprint for legislation to improve workers’ rights that Labour drew on in drafting its last general election manifesto.

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