Priti Patel voted against rights for shareholding employees

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, PCS,

Priti PatelThe PCS has vowed to step up the fight against public sector job cuts after the announcement that Priti Patel is the new Employment Minister.

Patel is a strong supporter of business, claiming in 2010 that “once British people enter the workplace, they are amongst the worst idlers in the world”.

In Parliament she voted to exempt workers with employee shareholder status from certain employment rights, including unfair dismissal rights, the right to have statutory redundancy pay, the right to request flexible working and the right to time off for training.

She was also a prominent supporter of the controversial Trade Union Reform Campaign, which called for an end to facility time for trade unionists in the public sector.

A spokesperson for PCS said: “Esther McVey losing her seat was one of the real highlights of an otherwise miserable election night, and we pay tribute to the work done by unemployed, sick and disabled people who campaigned against her.

“The appointment of Priti Patel is sadly a case of going from the frying pan to the fire, but we will not let her rest and will step up the fight against the Tories’ vicious social security cuts.”

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Tim Lezard

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