JEREMY CORBYN said today he wants a “regulatory framework” around movement of labour to prevent workers’ pay and conditions being undercut.
Mr Corbyn told the Andrew Marr show that workers from abroad should be welcome in Britain and pointed to the recruitment crisis in the NHS as an example of how Tory policies were driving talent away.
But he added that “the problem of undermining workers’ rights and conditions has been a serious one” and said Labour would seek to stop “wholesale groups of workers [being] brought in to undercut and undermine.”
The referendum result had highlighted the “lack of investment in post-industrial areas where we have the gig economy, insecure work and deep poverty.
“Unless we face up to the inequalities and the sense of hopelessness, we’ll have problems ahead.”
The Labour leader said he would push for closer trading links around the world but would also want “conditions put on trade around environmental protection, workers’ rights and workers’ ability to represent themselves.”
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