LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s essential opposition Labour Party would require massive firms to order no less than one third of the seats on their boards for staff, get together chief Jeremy Corbyn mentioned on Sunday.
Britain’s Labour Party chief Jeremy Corbyn arrives on the annual Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, Britain, September 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Labour mentioned in a press release that the present company governance construction which provides precedence to shareholder pursuits over others was feeding a short-term company tradition and holding again financial progress.
“In workplaces across the country, working hours have got longer, productivity has nosedived, pay has fallen and insecurity has risen,” Corbyn mentioned in a press release on the primary day of Labour’s annual conference.
“Businesses have been allowed to get away with such exploitative practices because the balance of power has shifted against workers. That has allowed a reckless corporate culture to fester which is damaging Britain’s economy.”
Under the get together’s plans if it received energy, each private and non-private firms with greater than 250 employees could be legally certain to have employee administrators elected by all the workforce.
When she got here to energy after the 2016 Brexit vote, Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to sort out what she referred to as the “unacceptable face” of capitalism, together with by placing staff on boards, however her preliminary proposals have been watered down.
“Labour will turn the tide and give workers more control and a real say at work. By ensuring businesses reserve a third of board seats for workers, we’ll help transform our broken economic model,” mentioned Corbyn, who has shifted Labour in the direction of the arduous left since being elected get together chief in 2015.
On Saturday, Corbyn mentioned his get together would problem May on any Brexit deal she will be able to strike with Brussels, and referred to as for a nationwide election if the deal fell quick.
Labour would transfer to nationalise key industries as a precedence if it took workplace, its finance spokesman John McDonnell, an orthodox socialist, mentioned forward of the conference.
Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Mark Heinrich