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[15/08/2019 | No comment]

ASDA GMB

ASDA workers up and down the country have been told they’ll be sacked unless they sign a new contract that cuts their overtime pay and holiday entitlements.

I recently met with one of my constituents who told me that the new contract will end much of the flexibility she and other ASDA staff currently have. The changes include holidays being slashed by 8 days and bonuses and paid breaks being cut.

This is the third time that my constituent has had her contract with ASDA changed in just three years. She told me that if she refuses to sign the new contract then she will be given twelve weeks’ notice and her employment will be terminated. Many of her colleagues have mortgages and children to think about, and the threat of losing their jobs has meant that they have felt bullied into signing the new contract.

I am appalled that ASDA is attempting to cut the pay and conditions of many low paid staff, and trying to bully them into signing these contracts. I have written to the CEO of ASDA, Roger Burnley, to demand he stops pressurising staff and properly negotiates any contract changes with the GMB trade union. I have also written to the Minister of State for Employment to ask what the Government is doing to guarantee that companies like ASDA are treating their staff fairly.

I am proud to be a member of the GMB, which is leading a fantastic campaign on this issue. Read more here.

[16/07/2019 | No comment]

Space Park Leicester

I am delighted that the University of Leicester’s new Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology and Earth Observation Research centre (METEOR) has received nearly £14m in funding from Research England. This will bring in a further £50m for space and earth observation research from other investors.

METEOR will be a key party of Space Leicester – a new world leading research and innovation centre that will revolutionise how satellites are designed and produced, as well as how data is obtained and used to solve real world problems.

Space Park Leicester is due to open in late 2020 and in the long run, aims to bring 3000 new high quality jobs to our city. You can read more about our Space Park here.

[04/07/2019 | No comment]

Liz and Save the Children

One of the biggest challenges facing low income parents is the cost of childcare.  This is an issue I have campaigned on ever since I was Director of the Maternity Alliance charity, before I became an MP.

I’m very concerned that under Universal Credit, parents are required to pay their childcare costs up front before being reimbursed up to a month later. A full-time childcare place can cost up to £1,000 a month – money low income parents just do not have. This means many parents face a cycle of debt or being blocked from work altogether.

That’s why I’m backing Save the Children’s campaign for parents on UC to get their childcare costs paid up front. I recently attended an event in Parliament to hear from low-income parents directly about their experiences. You can read more here and here.

[24/06/2019 | No comment]

On Friday I joined young mums at Braunstone Children’s Centre for a discussion around childcare as part of a series of sessions being run across the country by the Young Women’s Trust. 

Mums were asked to give their views on issues including what childcare options are available to them, how they choose which childcare setting to their children to and how affordable childcare is.

They told me how the increasing use of casual and zero-hour contracts can make it really hard to choose childcare when they are not sure how many hours each week they will be working.

Their views will be fed into a report detailing problems with and solutions to childcare for young mums. Once completed the report will make recommendations to Government, local Government and employers.

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