06 June 2016
‘Greater equality needed’ in UK workplaces
An extension of employment rights is required to cut inequality in Britain's workplaces, according to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Speaking to the GMB union's annual conference, Mr Corbyn said while the rise of technology should have resulted in a more even distribution of wealth, it had led to greater inequality.
Zero-hours contracts, he added, had also contributed to the inequality, resulting in a widening pay gap among UK employees.
As a result, Mr Corbyn claimed some British workplaces were now among the most unequal in any 21st Century economy.
He told the Bournemouth conference that the Workplace 2020 programme was being launched to address the issue.
The initiative, he said, would look at what employment rights a future government could introduce to help combat inequality at work.
Boosting the living wage and extending union rights, he added, were among the measures that would also help ensure UK wealth was distributed more evenly.