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LTB 396/17: THE TAYLOR REVIEW - WORLD OF WORK - CWU RESPONSE

11 Jul 2017, 15:31

LTB 396/17: THE TAYLOR REVIEW - WORLD OF WORK - CWU RESPONSE

No. 396/2017



11th July 2017



TO: ALL CWU BRANCHES



Dear Colleague

The Taylor Review – World of Work - CWU Response

The purpose of this LTB is to set out the union’s response to the government-commissioned Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, which was published today, and to reaffirm the CWU’s key strategy of calling for a new deal for all workers.

While the Review does include a significant recommendation to abolish the Agency Workers loophole, which the CWU has lead the way in campaigning for over a number of years, on the whole it falls well short of putting forward the solutions that are needed to change the balance of forces in the world of work and address the problems in the UK labour market.

The CWU has issued the attached press release in response to the Review. While our criticisms of the Review’s shortcomings have been echoed across the labour movement, crucially we go on to state that it is now incumbent on the entire trade union movement to do something about it and we then set out an appropriate course of action.

This is consistent with the position the CWU has taken over the last two years and in our work at the TUC and within the Labour Party. In the coming weeks we will be stepping up our activities to work towards a stronger response from the trade union movement.

Specifically, the CWU is calling for a concerted TUC campaign to end insecure employment and in-work poverty. This includes all TUC affiliated unions agreeing a common bargaining agenda and the publication of a TUC manifesto on what constitutes a new deal for workers, alongside a proper plan - including deliverable action - to achieve it.

These proposals have already been the subject of CWU motions to recent TUC and Labour Party conferences and we will be submitting further motions this year to strengthen the response from the whole labour movement.

As we continue to take a lead in calling for action from the wider movement, the union must now also look at new ways to root out insecure employment models in our own industries and sectors. At its meeting on 29th June, the NEC agreed that we will bring back a comprehensive paper in the near future fleshing out the detail of what a new deal for workers should look like and what we must now do to achieve it.

In summary, it is very important that branches recognise the overall direction the union is taking and how we are determined to join up our industrial and political agendas, with the objectives we have set for redesign.

With the general election result and Labour offering a transformative manifesto, it is time for the trade union movement to deliver a new kind of trade unionism and we will be working to ensure that CWU is at the forefront of reasserting trade union values and organisation across the UK.

Finally, the link to download the Taylor Review can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/s ... ctices.pdf

Further information will be sent out in due course. Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office at gsoffice@cwu.org quoting the reference GS1.1.

Yours sincerely



Dave Ward
General Secretary


LTB 396/17: THE TAYLOR REVIEW - WORLD OF WORK - CWU RESPONSE

11 Jul 2017, 15:32

Press Release: CWU General Secretary Dave Ward responds to Taylor Review

For immediate release
11th July 2017

CWU General Secretary Dave Ward responds to Taylor Review

"For workers across the UK the labour market is like the Wild West. Exploitation is exploitation whether it’s in a sweat shop or at the end of an iPhone and the Taylor Review falls way short of addressing the problems workers face. 
 
"With six million people earning less than a genuine living wage, it is astonishing that this review is watering down workers’ rights to the minimum wage. Far from creating a country that works for everyone, Theresa May is creating a country in which we work until we drop.
 
"The question for trade unions is what we’re going to do about it. It's time for the union movement to come together in a concerted campaign to end insecure employment and in work poverty by making greater demands on behalf of all workers. The CWU is calling for an agreement on a common bargaining agenda, a trade union manifesto on what constitutes a new deal for workers and a well constructed plan including action to achieve it. 
 
"It's incumbent upon unions to step up, work together and deliver a new kind of trade unionism. We must make the future world of work the number one political issue and organise workers everywhere."

- Dave Ward, CWU General Secretary

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