Results 1–20 of 64 for speaker:Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway

Child Poverty - Question (26 Mar 2024)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: My Lords, is the Minister aware of TUC-commissioned research from November 2022 that showed that more than a quarter of children whose parents had paid jobs in social care are growing up in poverty? That is a scandal—220,000 children of parents who do work that I am sure noble Lords will agree is vital, skilled and valuable work for this country. Can the Minister tell me whether the picture...

Free Childcare Scheme - Question (20 Mar 2024)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: Does the Minister agree that many families up and down Britain are tearing their hair out over the cost and difficulty of accessing quality affordable childcare? Clearly, delivery is crucial. Would she also agree that childcare is one part of the jigsaw puzzle, and that many working families in Britain are also worried about security of employment and predictability of working hours and...

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 1 Mar 2024)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: My Lords, I declare my interest as former leader of the TUC. It is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Balfe, and also to congratulate my noble friend and fellow trade unionist Lord Woodley on bringing forward this Bill. In the wake of the P&O Ferries scandal, Grant Shapps, who was Secretary of State for Transport at the time, said on Sky News that the Government would “send a clear...

National Minimum Wage - Question (21 Feb 2024)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: My Lords, does the Minister agree that it is shocking that social care workers—who perform incredibly skilled and precious work for all of us but the majority of whom are paid less than the real living wage of £12 an hour outside London—are paid so little, and that a quarter of them are on zero-hours contracts? How much do his Government believe a social care worker is worth?

Children’s Care Homes: Private Equity - Question (30 Jan 2024)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: My Lords, there is a sense of urgency here, as this issue is not only about gross profiteering and loading up homes with debt but about respect for the human rights of children. What active consideration are the Government giving to price caps, which some local authorities have called for—or, better still, to moving towards a model of public ownership in the public interest?

Code of Practice on Reasonable Steps to be taken by a Trade Union (Minimum Service Levels) - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion ( 6 Dec 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: My Lords, I rise to support the amendment standing in the name of my noble friend Lord Collins, and to join him in reminding the House that Labour will repeal this toxic legislation that would turn the clock back on mature industrial relations and workplace justice in this country. First, I relay my thanks to the Minister, the noble Lord, Lord Offord, for taking the time to meet with me...

Rail Fares - Question (27 Nov 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: My Lords, would the Minister join me in congratulating the RMT trade union on exposing the scale of underclaiming of compensation for delayed and cancelled trains, and the scale of profiteering by apps such as Trainline? Does he agree with the great majority of public opinion that believes it is high time that the public good was put ahead of private profit in respect of ownership of our railways?

Written Answers — Treasury: Banks: Pay (21 Nov 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer on 23 September 2022 to remove the cap on bankers' bonuses (HC Deb col 936), what consideration they have given to curbing any risk-taking in the financial sector which may occur as a result of the removal of that cap; and further to the finding in the High Pay Centre report Analysis of UK CEO...

King’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (13 Nov 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: My Lords, I declare my interests in respect of the Bank of England court and as former leader of the TUC. In a world of accelerating shocks, building UK resilience is vital, but after 13 years of Conservative administration, the economy is in a mess. The latest figures show stagnating investment, low productivity and zero growth. Families are still struggling with energy bills and falling...

Certificate of Sponsorship: Foreign Health and Care Workers - Question (13 Nov 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: My Lords, does the Minister agree that a key problem with the health and care worker visa scheme is that it forces workers into dependency on an individual employer? If a worker leaves that job, they need to find another sponsoring employer within 60 days or face deportation. The terrible truth is that many vulnerable care workers are more frightened of the Home Office than they are of an...

Written Answers — Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Employment: Artificial Intelligence (26 Oct 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: To ask His Majesty's Government whether the AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park will address risks to workers posed by the spread of AI in the workplace, including regarding decisions on hire and fire, intrusive surveillance and potential increased discrimination; what plans they have to consider regulatory protections in the UK similar to the EU Artificial Intelligence Act; how they plan to...

European Court of Human Rights - Question (25 Oct 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: My Lords, will the Minister undertake to educate Cabinet colleagues about the specific impact that leaving the convention would have on the Good Friday agreement, and on our trade and co-operation agreement with the EU? I refer him to the Institute for Government, which has recently published analysis that says it would have a huge destabilising and damaging impact.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Conditions of Employment: Prosecutions (17 Jul 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices, published on 11 July 2017, and the Government response to the Taylor review, published on 7 February 2018, how many employers have been prosecuted for abusing interns’ rights, and how many prosecutions are being prepared.

Climate Change - Question (11 Jul 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: Can the Minister tell us whether the Government plan to introduce a maximum working temperature for people at work?

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Strikes and Trade Unions ( 3 Jul 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take following the statement by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on 15 June that the UK's existing and prospective laws on unions and strikes must conform with the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, and that His Majesty's Government was (1) invited to seek ILO technical assistance, and...

UK Economy: Growth, Inflation and Productivity - Motion to Take Note (29 Jun 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: My Lords, I declare my interests as set out in the register. I have three questions for the Minister. First, why does the UK have the highest inflation in the G7? Ministers cannot explain that away with the war in Ukraine and Covid recovery; many other countries face exactly the same challenges but Britain has been much more exposed to high costs of imported energy, and there are domestic...

Emergency Communications - Private Notice Question (26 Jun 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: My Lords, can the Minister tell us whether BT, a private company, has been subject to a minimum service level requirement? If it has been deemed to fail that minimum service level requirement, what sanction will it face?

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill - Commons Reasons: Motion C1 (as an amendment to Motion C) ( 8 Jun 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: I wish to test the opinion of the House. Ayes 180, Noes 150.

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill - Commons Reasons: Motion C1 (as an amendment to Motion C) ( 8 Jun 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: My Lords, this Motion seeks to uphold a principle long established in British law: that workers on strike are protected against the sack. Noble Lords will recall the concerns of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Judge, at Second Reading. He said that “this is a troublesome piece of legislation. It asks us all a very simple question: when does the right to withhold your labour … cease to be...

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill - Report: Amendment 4 (26 Apr 2023)

Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway: I thank the Minister for that response, but Amendment 4 is about the individual freedoms, dignity and livelihoods of workers. I therefore wish to test the opinion of the House. Ayes 232, Noes 201.


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