Workers' rights: 'I couldn't afford to take a year off work unpaid', admits work and pensions secretary

Workers' rights: 'I couldn't afford to take a year off work unpaid', says work and pensions secretary

Damian Green says he couldn't afford to take a year off work unpaid

Monday, May 15, 2017

Work and pensions secretary Damian Green has told talkRADIO that he couldn't afford to take a year off work unpaid, despite the Conservatives' announcement of new workers' rights plans.

The plans, which will be published in the party manifesto, would give employees the statutory right to a year's unpaid leave to care for relatives.

Green told Julia Hartley-Brewer that this isn't something he could afford to do, but claimed that other people's circumstances are different and companies will be more profitable if their workers are happy.

He also claimed that business representatives have not been consulted on this issue yet - a comment which drew incredulity from our presenter, who asked how such a crucial policy, which will impose massive costs on the business community, could be put forward without consulting key stakeholders.

But when Julia questioned how the Tories could make plans without the endorsement of the business community, Green insisted the ideas haven't been plucked from thin air.

Listen to the full interview above