Labour figures have accused Keir Starmer of hypocrisy after he pledged to make Britain “the best place to work” despite 90 party staff members facing redundancy.
The Labour Party has spent the week unveiling a tranche of new announcements on jobs, including pledging the same rights for all workers from direct employees to those in the gig economy.
Today Angela Rayner, the shadow secretary of state for the future of work, revealed plans to make flexible working “a force for good”.
But last week it emerged that 90 staff members faced the axe, as Labour seeks to address its poor financial situation. The party also faced criticism for hiring an agency on temporary contracts to work on the backlog of internal complaints.
On Monday, Starmer said: “Today we’re launching a campaign to make Britain the best place to work. Family incomes have stagnated, millions are in insecure work and in-work poverty is at a record high. Covid has brutally exposed the injustices that have been growing for years.”
The former Labour frontbencher, Diane Abbott, tweeted this morning: “So Keir will make Britain the best place to work – unless you work for @UKLabour. He has made 90 staff redundant. But is also recruiting workers on insecure temporary contracts with worse employment conditions #FutureOfWork”.