Brexit negotiations no excuse to exploit workers | Steve Rotheram

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The Government’s Brexit negotiations cannot be used as an excuse for employers to exploit workers in the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram MP has said.

Labour’s Mayoral candidate for the Liverpool City Region spoke during a Parliamentary debate this evening on the Government’s strategy for exiting the European Union. 

The Walton MP warned that workers operating within Merseyside and Halton must be guaranteed fair terms and conditions whilst the Government carries out its complex negotiations.

In the debate, Steve Rotheram said:

“It is certainly not xenophobic or racist to call out unscrupulous employers who are causing some of the problems in our working class areas by allowing the undercutting of wages which is causing resentment for people who work in traditional industries such as the construction sector. Isn’t that really the thing that we’re needing to understand and what we hear constantly on the doorstep?”

 

Speaking about the Commons intervention, Mr Rotheram said:

“The Government’s chaotic Brexit and lack of any real negotiating plan for exiting the EU should not be used as a an opportunity by firms that exploit workers across Liverpool City Region to continue the practice. People in our area who voted leave did not do so for working terms and conditions to be scrapped, for working rule agreements to be undermined and for migrant workers to be expoited. Ministers must provide a guarantee that this won’t happen and failure to do so will further destabilise the Brexit strategy.”

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