Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has backed Labour Party’s proposals which would see the £200 billion that national and local government spends in the private sector used to upgrade our economy, and create well paid jobs in the community.
Launched by the Labour leader at a train company event in Doncaster, the rules will require all private companies bidding for and receiving a Government contract to meet the following criteria:
- Give full trade union recognition for their workforce and comply with collective bargaining agreements.
- Move towards a ratio of 20 – 1 between the lowest and highest paid, matching the target in the public sector, over a transitional period.
- Pay suppliers the full amount owed to them within 30 days.
- Maintain high environmental standards in relation to energy use, emissions and waste disposal, while taking appropriate measures to aid the transition to a low carbon economy.
- Provide training and apprenticeship opportunities proportionate to firm size.
- Full tax compliance.
- Adopt best practices in equal opportunities.
The announcement also included new proposals to use powers repatriated from Brussels after Brexit to create high quality local jobs, develop new industries and support good domestic businesses, both large and small; the changes would give public bodies more freedom to support local jobs and businesses in the form public contracting.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Collectively local and central government spend £200 billion each year on private contracts to complete services ranging from NHS care to surveyors.
“We have to use this purchasing power, paid for through general taxation, to support those good companies, but also to improve the behaviour of the bad ones that undercut local business and workers with unfair practices.
“Added to this it makes sense to use the powers Britain will repatriate from Brussels after Brexit to ensure rules are changed to allow publicly contracted bodies to have more freedom to support local jobs and businesses.”