UKIP Employment spokesman Jane Collins today heralded an array of new party policies designed to help working people


JaneCollins.jpgOn Zero hours contracts:
UKIP will take action to prevent major employers using such contracts in an exploitative way against employees who lack other options. We will devise a code of conduct - with the threat of legislative action if it is not observed - that will give large employers a duty to offer a fixed hours contract to anyone who has worked on a zero hours contract for a year. Such employees will be under no compunction to accept a regular hours contract if it does not suit them, but must be offered the choice.

On Youth unemployment:
UKIP will guarantee employers that they cannot be sued for discrimination if they decide to favour a young unemployed British person (under the age of 25) for a job ahead of a better qualified or more experienced foreign applicant. With youth unemployment still at more than three quarters of a million, there remains a jobs emergency for our young people. Employers who wish to back British workers and give local young people a chance on the first rung of the career ladder should not face the possible threat of legal action, as they presently do. UKIP will therefore make the pledge of "British jobs for British workers" plausible and meaningful in law.

On the minimum wage:
Ms Collins backs the announcement by UKIP economic spokesman Patrick O'Flynn that the party will support a rise in the personal tax allowance to the level of full-time minimum wage earnings; thereby taking around a million low-paid people out of income tax altogether.

On migrant labour:
Ms Collins supports plans for a points-based immigration system being developed by UKIP migration spokesman Steven Woolfe which will ensure that while high-earning, high-skilled applicants are prioritised, the open door to unskilled and semi-skilled labour which has depressed working class wages is firmly closed.

Ms Collins said: "Working class communities have been failed by all three branches of the Lib-Lab-Con in recent years and there is a huge appetite for a party to represent the interests and help improve the lot of ordinary working people. UKIP can be and will be that party.

"We are not afraid to say we will put British working people first and I challenge other parties to say whether they will support us on protecting employers who wish to do that. At the moment employers who might be prepared to take a chance on a British youngster cannot do so because of the threat of litigation.

"I would like to see every employer keep in mind the social premium that comes whenever an unemployed youngster from their locality finds a job and be free to help that quest along without having to worry about whether they can be sued for being biased in favour of a British youngster."

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