THE LABOUR Party is offering a “new deal” for workers, including improvements on pay, job security and equality.

Within the first 100 days of a Labour government, the party says it will legislate to launch fair pay agreements, starting in the social care sector, as part of a “fundamental change” to the economy.

Deputy Leader Angela Rayner will open Labour’s Party conference at The Brighton Centre on Saturday, September 25, by launching a green paper on employment rights.

She will say improving wages, job security and rights at work will improve productivity as well as the health of workers.

Under fair pay agreements, worker and employers representatives will be brought together by the government to agree minimum pay, terms and conditions, which would form a “floor” in a sector, says Labour.

Other measures would include an immediate increase in minimum wage to at least £10 per hour, the creation of a single status of “worker” for all but the genuinely self-employed, the right to flexible working for all workers from day one and a ban on zero-hours contracts.

The Argus: Deputy Leader Angela Rayner will open Labour’s Party Conference at The Brighton Centre on SaturdayDeputy Leader Angela Rayner will open Labour’s Party Conference at The Brighton Centre on Saturday

Labour is also pledging to increase statutory sick pay and make it available to all workers, extend statutory parental leave and introduce the right to bereavement leave.

Ms Rayner is expected to also say that Labour would end the trend of so-called “fire and rehire”, which has sparked a series of disputes amid complaints by unions that it is being used by employers to cut pay and conditions.

Ms Rayner will tell the conference: “It will be the driving mission of the next Labour government to end the poverty wages and insecure work that blights millions of lives and is holding back our economy. Labour will make Britain work for working people.

“Work should provide not just a proper wage that people can raise a family on, but dignity, flexibility and security. Better pay and more secure work is good for workers, good for businesses and good for the economy.

“Labour will deliver a new deal for working people so they get a fair share of the wealth they create, and within the first 100 days of the next Labour government we will sign this new deal for working people into law.”

Andy McDonald, shadow employment rights and protections secretary, said: “Instead of an employment model that delivers for working people the Conservatives have ushered in one that means a race to the bottom on the backs of working people.

“Outsourcing, zero-hours contracts and agency work drive down pay, standards and conditions across our whole economy for everyone.

“It is high time that the key workers who got us through this crisis, and all working people, are given the dignity and security at work that they deserve.”

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Many of the key workers who got us through this crisis – including our dedicated care staff – are on poverty wages and insecure contracts.

“Fair pay agreements would help end this injustice and be a game-changer for millions of working families.

“Giving workers and their unions more power to bargain collectively is the best way to improve pay and working conditions across Britain.

“These much-needed proposals are about making sure that hard work pays off for everyone.”