I kicked off proceedings on the main stage with my speech which outlined Labour’s vision for workers and the commitments we will deliver on within our first 100 days in power.
It will be the driving mission of the next Labour government to end the poverty wages and insecure work that blights millions of lives and is holding back our economy. Labour will make Britain work for working people.
Work should provide not just a proper wage that people can raise a family on, but dignity, flexibility and security. Better pay and more secure work is good for workers, good for businesses and good for the economy.
The Conservatives have ushered in an employment model that means a race to the bottom on the backs of working people. Outsourcing, zero-hours contracts and agency work drive down pay, standards and conditions across our whole economy.
It is high time that the key workers who got us through this crisis – and all working people – are given the dignity and security at work that they deserve.
We will bring together representatives of workers and employers to agree Fair Pay Agreements that will apply to every worker in each sector, starting in social care.
Fair Pay Agreements will drive up pay, improve conditions in the workplace and stop bad bosses from exploiting their workers and driving down pay and standards for everyone.
It was great to stand on the conference stage and talk about delivering these changes that will make a real and positive difference to people’s lives.