To a cheering crowd of TUC members, the embattled Labour leader laid into Prime Minister for “ripping up” the rights of workers.
Speaking of last week’s PMQs, he said: “Theresa May could not bring herself to utter one word of condemnation against McDonald’s and Sports Direct.
“This from a Prime Minister who tried to rebrand the Conservatives as the workers’ party.
“It’s essential we work together as a movement, trade unions and the Labour Party as part of local communities, to stamp out low pay and insecurity.”
Mr Corbyn dismissed the Government’s promise of flexibility on public sector pay and claimed a Labour government would end the pay cap.
Sneering, he said: “This Government’s position seems to change by the hour. At the weekend we were led to believe the pay cap was a thing of the past. Yesterday, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said it would continue as planned. Today, as inflation rises to nigh on 3 per cent, they try to divide people on the cheap.
“The POA is right. A pay cut is a pay cut. We must be united in breaking the pay cap for all workers.
“So let me be absolutely clear today. The Labour Party totally rejects the Tories’ attempt to divide and rule, to play one sector off against another. A Labour Government will end the public sector pay cap and give all workers the pay rise they deserve and so desperately need. That is our policy.”
Mr Corbyn attacked the “epidemic of low pay” and told the Brighton audience that the Tory cuts have impacted everyone.
He continued: “Modern Britain is marked by growing insecurity at work which undermines and holds back both low-paid workers and the better-paid,” said Mr Corbyn.
“This escalating insecurity is not only bad for individual workers and their families… it is also bad for our economy and for our whole society.
“This epidemic of low pay, which is closely tied up with insecurity at work, ruins people’s lives, leaving workers and their families locked in poverty.
“It damages the economy, as people have less to spend. It costs us all, because it means more paid in tax credits and housing benefits from the public purse, and it means less tax being paid to fund public services.
“Privatisation is about transferring power from the many to the few and the elite.
“Tories impose decisions, rip up workers rights without say- this is a threat to every worker in this country.
“You cannot trust the Tories with your rights of work.”
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