Trades Union Congress (TUC)
Trades Union Congress (TUC)

Labour councillors in Rotherham will back the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Great Jobs Agenda at today’s Rotherham Council meeting being held in the Town Hall. Cllr Brian Steele and Cllr Eve Rose-Keenan will present a motion supporting this campaign that highlights the problems of insecure work, low pay and working conditions in the UK today.

The TUC has recently launched its Great Jobs Agenda that is calling for every job to be a great job. This means every worker should be paid fairly, work in a safe and healthy environment, have guaranteed hours, the opportunity to be represented by unions in the workplace and the chance to progress at work.

Rotherham Labour’s Cllr Brian Steele will move our motion in the council meeting today. He has said:

As a proud Labour councillor and trade unionist, I firmly believe every worker in the UK should be entitled to good working conditions and a decent working environment. We’re rightly backing the TUC’s Great Jobs Agenda which highlights how workers deserve better in Rotherham and across the UK.”

Cllr Brian Steele
Cllr Brian Steele

Our motion highlights what workers have experienced in recent years. More workers are trapped in insecure work as there’s been a significant increase in the use of zero-hour contracts by employers meaning staff don’t know what hours they will be needed for from week to week.

Low pay has also crippled the economy, leaving many workers feeling a squeeze in their pockets at a time of growing costs. The Tory-Liberal Democrat Government froze public sector pay in 2010 for two years and then capped it at 1% until 2017, meaning workers saw their pay being outstripped by inflation leaving less money in their pockets. According to the TUC, average pay for the UK worker in 2016 was £1,000 less than it was in 2008.

Rotherham Labour’s Cllr Eve Rose-Keenan will second the motion today and has said:

My daughter worked two jobs just to make ends meet, on a zero-hour contract with no rights to sick pay or leave. This is my personal story but I know it’s one that is shared and will be familiar to many young people in Rotherham. Every worker – young and old – deserves better than this and as a Labour councillor I’m proud to back this TUC campaign which is fighting for all jobs to be great ones.”

Cllr Eve Rose-Keenan
Cllr Eve Rose-Keenan

Through this motion today, Rotherham Labour councillors will not only resolve to back the TUC’s jobs agenda but will also ask for a paper to be presented to the Council’s cabinet setting out the actions the authority is taking to ensure every job in this authority is a great one. We’ll also write to all MPs in Rotherham and the Mayor of South Yorkshire, Dan Jarvis, urging them to support the TUC’s Great Jobs Agenda as well.

Cllr Brian Steele has also said about today’s motion:

It is wrong and totally unacceptable in the UK today that hard working people are having to resort to food banks or crisis loans as they can’t make ends meet – workers deserve better and that’s why we’re backing the TUC’s Great Jobs Agenda.”

You can read the full text of our motion and the council meeting agenda (item 14) online here. You can also read more about the TUC’s Great Jobs Agenda online here.

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