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Theresa May vows to advance workers' rights if she wins election

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Ramiro Mantilla | 15 May, 2017, 13:25

-Protect all worker's rights now guaranteed by European Union law "as we leave the EU".

Theresa May will this week promise a "new deal for workers" with a pledge to offer protections for "gig economy" workers and new rights to take time off to care for relatives.

The Conservatives said the manifesto promises - to be unveiled in full this week - would represent the "greatest expansion of workers' rights by any Conservative government".

The package of reforms includes changes to the Equalities Act to extend protections from discrimination to those suffering fluctuating or intermittent mental health conditions. By working with business, reducing taxes and dealing with the deficit, we have delivered steady improvements to the economic prospects of working people.

Under the policies to be outlined in the party's manifesto - due to be launched this week - Mrs May promised to put "ordinary working families first".

"The choice next month is clear: economic stability and a better deal for workers under my Conservative team, or chaos under Jeremy Corbyn, whose nonsensical policies would trash the economy and destroy jobs".

-A new statutory right to request leave for training purposes.

-The introduction of new returnships for people returning to the labour market after absence.

"Already there are those on her benches itching to scrap basic protections, like the working time directive, which keep workers and the public safe but are decried as needless red tape by many hard right Tories".

The National Living Wage will rise and workers on short-term contracts will be given more protections under a government led by Theresa May, the Tories say.

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady wants to see more detail on the Tories' pledges.

Tim Roache, general secretary of the GMB union, was equally sceptical saying "the greatest extensions of workers' rights by a Tory government frankly wouldn't be that hard to achieve given recent history".

The finance spokesman of the centrist Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable, said he had experience of the Conservatives trying to ban workers from striking when he was part of the 2010-2015 coalition government and urged voters not to trust them.

"Theresa May is taking working people for fools", said Andrew Gwynne, Labour's campaigns and elections chairman.

British Chambers of Commerce director general Adam Marshall said businesses would be anxious about the prospect of "costly or bureaucratic new obligations, no matter how well-intentioned" while Mike Cherry, national chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said new employment regulations "must be backed up with proper support for smaller businesses".