Today marks the first time in over a decade that workers’ rights have got weaker.
From today new workers in small businesses will face having all of their work rights taken off them.
As we’ve said before this will mean less security for vulnerable workers which will mean less bargaining power which will mean lower terms and conditions.
But it’s not just the new workers that will be affected. This new “second-class” worker category with its reduced rights and wages will act as a drag on the rest of the labour market and that will contract wage-growth and reduce consumer demand.
So once again at a time when the government should be re-priming the economy they are implementing legislation that will have an economically contracting effect.