Better Pay, Job Security

Work is changing and we need to change with it. A job for life doesn’t exist anymore. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have better pay, job security and be better able to balance our work and family commitments. Too many workers are underpaid, and wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living. People need a pay rise.

Labour will guarantee everyone the right to be represented at work by a trade union, and employers will be required to negotiate with their employee’s representatives. 

Labour will raise the minimum wage to a real living wage. The Low Pay Commission will chart a path to increase the national minimum wage until it remains above two-thirds of median income (as it was originally in 2000) and is sufficient to provide a minimum essential standard of living. This measure will benefit the one in four workers who are low paid.

Labour will tackle the gig economy. We will eliminate bogus self-employment and ‘if and when’ arrangements and we will enforce a right to certainty of working hours for people in precarious employment.

Labour will maintain the State Pension age at 66, which is affordable for the Social Insurance Fund. This will give society and the economy more time to adjust to people living and working for longer. 

Labour will implement a National Flexible Working Strategy, to develop good practice standards for permitting people to work from home or from other locations, noting that women still are disproportionately likely to be the primary caregivers for children.

Labour will introduce a right to flexible working hours where an employer only has to make a reasonable adjustment to allow for them, to reduce stress and wasted time from commuting, and to facilitate work-life balance for parents and carers in particular.

Labour will enforce a right to certainty of working hours. Too many people do not know the days or hours they will get on a week-to-week basis. This is disruptive to family life and to childcare arrangements, as well as affecting people’s weekly pay.

Labour will implement a right for employees to switch off from work email and telephone calls when outside of work hours and when not compensated for this extra activity.


Read more about our policies on work here.