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Friday, 5 August 2011

Basic Rights @ Work

Today the TUC is launching a new web based resource to inform workers of their basic employment rights. It will also advise how to enforce these rights through statutory enforcement bodies such as the HMRC minimum wage enforcement team: http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-19833-f0.cfm

TUC Deputy General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: 'Thousands of people around the UK are exploited at work every day because the law is not strong enough to prevent mistreatment and rogue bosses use gaps in employment protection to treat their staff badly.

'Vulnerable workers - especially in low-paid sectors, such as care, cleaning, hospitality, security and construction - can find themselves working excessively long hours, sometimes with no contract of employment. Their work can be insecure and they are regularly paid below the minimum wage.

'Unions have a proven track record in stopping unscrupulous employers from exploiting vulnerable workers. This website will be a vital tool to help workers and their union reps secure a fair deal at work.'