Katy has voiced her disappointment at plans announced by the Government to reduce support striking workers. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Ian Duncan Smith has announced that, as part of the change to Universal Credit, workers taking industrial action will not receive increased support to compensate for loss of earnings, as is the case under current arrangements.
Speaking on the subject Katy said “This Government has, yet again targeted some of the UK’s most vulnerable workers. It is completely wrong that low-paid workers should be targeted when trying to defend their pay and conditions.”
“Following on from the Beecroft Report and changes to employment tribunal rules this is just the latest measure from the Government which will harm those in employment during these difficult times. It used to be that people could claim unemployment benefit if they went on strike but that went a long time ago. This proposal will only affect lower paid workers in receipt of benefits such as housing benefit and tax credits so it will be people such as cleaners striking for a living wage which will be worse affected.”