More Manifesto pledges – what changes are the Conservative and Green Parties proposing to the workplace? (Part 2)
A summary of the Conservative Party's main workplace proposals is set out below.
The Conservative Party Manifesto 2015
- Increase the Minimum Wage to £8 by 2020.
- Support the Living Wage and encourage businesses to pay it whenever they can afford it.
- Support 3 million new apprenticeships.
- Help businesses to create 2 million new jobs.
Unions and industrial action
- Increase the turnout threshold on ballots for strike action.
- Introduce tougher thresholds for industrial action in essential public services.
- Ban restrictions on employees hiring agency staff to provide cover during strikes.
- Prevent strikes being called on the basis of ballots conducted years before.
- Tackle the intimidation of non-striking workers.
- Legislate to ensure trade unions use a transparent opt-in process for union subscriptions.
- Tighten the rules around paid 'facility time' for union representatives.
- Reform the role of the Certification Officer.
- Halve the disability employment gap.
- Require companies with more than 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap.
- Increase the proportion of public appointments going to women.
- Scrap the Human Rights Act and introduce a British Bill of Rights.
- Curtail the role of the European Court of Human Rights.
- Bring in tax-free childcare to support parents back into work.
- Give working parents of 3 and 4-year olds 30 hours of free childcare a week.
- Introduce a new workplace entitlement to volunteering leave for three days a year, on full pay.
- Maintain cap on skilled economic migration from outside the EU.
- Introduce tougher labour market regulation to tackle illegal working and exploitation.
- Legislate that every public sector worker operating in a customer-facing role must speak fluent English.
- Increase the tax-free personal allowance to £12,400.
- Ensure a tax-free wage for those working 30 hours a week on the Minimum Wage.
- Raise the 40p Income Tax threshold to £50,000.
- No increases in VAT, National Insurance or Income Tax.
- Abolish National Insurance contributions for apprentices under 25.