IOSH welcomes UK Prime Minister’s party conference pledges

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s vow to focus on the need for more socially-responsible business and to crack down on modern slavery has been welcomed by IOSH.

Theresa May addresses the Conservative party conference. Image: PA Images
Theresa May addresses the Conservative party conference. Image: PA Images

In her speech at the Conservative party conference, Mrs May said the UK Government will get tough with organisations which flout these issues.

She also told delegates at the conference in Birmingham that there will be an emphasis on the need for improved public policy on skills and training.

Richard Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at IOSH, said: “These were all key areas highlighted in the IOSH manifesto. We are also encouraged that she refers to not only protecting, but enhancing worker’s rights, which we believe must include health and safety.”

The Prime Minister’s speech comes two months after she announced a new UK cabinet taskforce would tackle those offending under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. 

Under the Act, commercial organisations with a turnover of £36 million or more must produce a statement each financial year, showing what steps they have taken to make sure there is no modern slavery in their business and supply chain. IOSH has called for a lowering of the statement threshold and encouraged all firms, regardless of their turnover, to voluntarily disclose the required information.

Richard also highlighted other parts of Mrs May’s conference speech. He said: “We note the PM’s announcement that under ‘The Great Repeal Bill’, existing EU law will be converted into British law, with the same rules and laws applying after Brexit as they did before and existing workers' legal rights continuing to be guaranteed in law and for as long as she is Prime Minister.”   


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