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Tuesday 16th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

by Luke James

Parliamentary Reporter

JEREMY CORBYN donned a hair net and apron yesterday to launch the next phase of Labour’s initiative to improve workplace rights.

The Labour leader visited the Greggs bakery distribution centre in Enfield with bakers’ union BFAWU general secretary Ronnie Draper to engage workers, managers and union representatives in the party’s Workplace 2020 consultation.

While most workplace visits by politicians involve gloomy workers being forced to provide a backdrop while a politician delivers a speech to the press pack that have followed them from Westminster, Mr Corbyn got involved on the production line.

Photos posted on his Snap Chat account show Mr Corbyn putting on protective clothing before helping to prepare cup cakes to be sent to shops across the country.

The visit marked the launch of Labour’s Workplace 2020 website, where the party is asking people to contribute ideas in 13 different areas about how to improve the workplace when the party next comes to power.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Corbyn said: “The recent scandals at Sports Direct and BHS have underlined the insecurity faced by many workers in Britain today. But they are just the tip of the iceberg as workers have endured a 10 per cent decline in real wages since 2007.

“That is why Labour has launched Workplace 2020, an inclusive discussion with working people and employers on what the world of work should look like in 2020.

“With the workers’ rights watchdog, Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS), having its budget slashed by 50 per cent, it is clear the Tories are unable to stand up for working people.

“Labour will ensure we build workplaces fit for the future. We will end the exploitation of working people, tackle low pay and protect people’s rights in the workplace.”