Belfast Telegraph

Brexit could hit workers' employment rights, TUC report warns

The employment rights of workers in the UK and across Europe could be hit after Brexit, especially if Britain becomes a "bargain basement" economy, a report has warned

The TUC said those in low-skilled jobs were especially at risk from a potential erosion of rights amid a "race to the bottom".

Better labour standards can attract foreign investment for well-paid, high-productivity jobs but low-paid workers could be hit if countries cut employment protections, the TUC warned.

General secretary Frances O'Grady said: "If we don't put strong protections for working people at the heart of our deal with the EU, Britain could become a bargain basement economy and this will worry the EU too, as it could drive damaging competition that increases inequality.

"We've already seen the emergence of a low-skill, low-productivity economy that leaves many people trapped in dead-end jobs.

"Scrapping workplace protections, or gradually falling behind our European neighbours, would increase this trend.

"The next government must get a deal with Europe that protects current rights, like paid holidays, equal pay and fairness for agency workers, and it must guarantee a level playing field with the rest of Europe now and in the future, so working people in Britain don't fall behind our European neighbours."