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29-04-2015

We have summarised what the main parties have been saying on employment issues in their manifestos, statements and pledges.

Election Promises: We have tried to summarise below what the main parties have been saying on employment issues in their manifestos, statements and pledges Conservatives.

  Conservatives Labour Lib Dems Other
Zero Hours Contracts Ban exclusivity clauses. Labour will restrict the use of zero hours contracts by ensuring that workers who work regular hours in their first 12 weeks of employment are given a "regular” contract. The Party will stamp out abuse of zero hours contracts and will create a right for workers to request a fixed term contract.

UKIP: will not ban zero hours contracts but will introduce a binding code of conduct.

Green Party: will end exploitative zero hours contracts.

National Minimum Wage Increase the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500 so anyone earning less than £12,500 will not pay income tax.

Will raise the national minimum wage (NMW) to more than £8 an hour by October 2019.

Will require publicly listed companies to report on whether they pay the living wage.

Will use government procurement to promote payment of the living wage alongside wider social impact considerations.

Will ask the Low Pay Commission to consider ways of increasing the national minimum wage.

Will raise the personal tax allowance to at least £12,500 by the end of the next Parliament

UKIP: Will raise the personal tax-free allowance to £13,000.

Green Party: Will increase NMW to £10 per hour by 2020

Working Families Increase the entitlement to free childcare to 30 hours for all three and four year olds of working parents Increase free childcare from 15 to 25 hours for three and four year olds of working parents

Will encourage employers to provide more flexible working.

Would expand shared parental leave by offering an additional month of paternity leave to fathers.

Will make paternity and shared parental leave "day one" rights.

15 hours a week of free childcare to all parents of two year olds

UKIP will initiate a full review of childcare provision
Public Sector End taxpayer-funded six-figure payoffs for the best paid public sector workers. No details provided.   Move towards not identifying by name when carrying out recruitment  
Trade Unions A tougher threshold for strike action in the health, transport, fire and education sectors      
Equality Promote full gender equality by requiring companies with more than 250 employees to publish the difference between the average pay of their male and female employees

Requiring large companies to publish their gender pay gap and strengthening the law against maternity discrimination.

Will establish a race equality strategy to ensure that public institutions, such as the police, judiciary and Parliament itself are more representative of black and ethnic minority communities.

Would preserve the Human Rights Act and look to reforming the European Court of Human rights

Get a million more women into work by 2020 by creating more jobs, providing better childcare and better support for women returning to work.

Would implement rules requiring companies with more than 250 employees to publish details of the average pay of their male and female workers.

Would encourage businesses to ensure that at least one of their board members is a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic person.

Would introduce Legislation to outlaw caste discrimination.

Would help large numbers of disabled people into work by encouraging employers to shortlist any qualified disabled candidate and providing advice on adaptations to the workplace.

UKIP's manifesto refers to allowing British businesses to choose to employ British citizens first but does not refer to discrimination in favour of British workers or race discrimination laws.

UKIP: Businesses should be able to discriminate in favour of young British workers (policies for people)

Green Party: will make equal pay for men and women a reality

Migrant workers Will take steps to eradicate the exploitation of migrant workers Would make it a criminal offence to undercut wages by exploiting migrant workers   UKIP's position is that Britain should exit from the European Union
Paid Volunteering Will make volunteering for three days a year a workplace entitlement for people working in large companies and the public sector.      
Tribunal reform   Would abolish employment tribunal fees. Will review employment tribunal fees so that they are not a barrier to the enforcement of employment rights. Green Party: The Party will reduce employment tribunal fees so that tribunals are accessible to workers.


This is intended for general information only and should not be considered as giving advice in relation to any individual case nor be taken as applying to any particular case. No liability is accepted for any such use of the information contained.

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