The Labour leader vowed to unleash the biggest “people-powered” campaign ever seen as battle lines for a forthcoming election were drawn. Mr Corbyn has blocked two Government attempts to let people vote in a general election claiming his number one priority was to stop a no deal Brexit. But despite the deepening political crisis and a five-week suspension of Parliament ahead of an October Queen’s Speech, an election before the end of the year is thought to be highly likely.
We will put power in the hands of workers
Mr Corbyn said a Labour government would create a Ministry of Employment Rights to deliver better wages, greater job security and give workers more of a say over how their workplaces are run.
He used a speech at the TUC Congress in Brighton to add detail to his pledge to “put power in the hands of workers”, not the “born-to-rule establishment that Johnson represents”.
He also promised to create a Workers Protection Agency to enforce rights, standards and protections at work and introduce sectoral collective bargaining to set industry-wide minimum standards.
Jeremy Corbyn has addressed the TUC in Brighton
Mr Corbyn said he would repeal the Tory Trade Union Act within 100 days of entering Number 10.
He told TUC delegates: “The next Labour government will bring about the biggest extension of rights for workers that our country has ever seen.
“We will put power in the hands of workers.
“Labour is on the side of the people in the real battle against the born-to-rule establishment that Johnson represents.
“We stand for the interests of the many - the overwhelming majority who do the work and pay their taxes - not the few at the top who hoard the wealth and dodge their taxes.”
He said he would create the powers to bring unscrupulous bosses to book.
He told union members: “Too many employers are getting away with flouting laws. Nearly half a million people are still being paid less than the minimum wage.
“We’ll put a stop to that. We’ll create a workers protection agency with real teeth, including the power to enter workplaces and bring prosecutions on workers’ behalf.
“If you’re a worker with a boss who makes you work extra hours for no pay or forces you into dangerous situations, you deserve a government that’s on your side and ready to step in to support you.”
Mr Corbyn said the Prime Minister had a clear strategy to create conflict between Parliament and the people ahead of an election.
But he said the idea that Mr Johnson represented the people was absurd.
He said: “Johnson and his cabinet are not just on the side of the establishment. They are the establishment.”
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He told delegates the chaos of Westminster was a million miles away for most people but for him politics was not Parliamentary knockabout but giving power to people.
He said: “We will put workers on company boards, and give the workforce a 10 percent stake in large companies paying a dividend of as much as £500 a year to each employee.
“And we will give tenants more rights including caps on rent rises.”
Mr Corbyn’s turn back time theme even extended to a vow to bring utilities back into public ownership.
He said: “That principle of empowering people doesn’t just apply to the workplace.
“We’ll bring rail, mail, water and the national grid into public ownership, so the essential utilities that people rely on are run by and for the public, not just shareholders.”