What was most interesting about the Ukip conference was what was not said. UKip have been accused of wanting to remove the rights of women to maternity leave, men to paternity leave, the rights of temporary workers to equality with permanent workers and a myriad of other policies from the EU that protect workers in the work place.
Kippers were always happy to defend these policies when they were out in the open, quoting the cost for small companies of maternity pay. Nigel Farage made his views clear back in 2010 and like sheep they all followed.
and we have no reason to think that his views have changed. Only last year he was pontificating on women who get pregnant being useless to employers and blaming them for a glass ceiling that still exists.
Now they are more circumspect, they deny that they want to get rid of Maternity Pay, claiming labour lies ..
Of course Ukip do not want to get rid of maternity pay, they never did. They wanted to make it optional for Small and Medium size companies to offer Maternity Pay, as in you want to work for us you do so on the basis that we will not have to pay you or retain your job if you get pregnant. The same applies to other rights that we have gained as employees by being part of the EU.
Is there any evidence that Ukip have changed their views, no, instead we have a policy from Margot Parker talking about Ukip being the party of small and medium size businesses.
The telling quote from which is
Once out of the European Union, we would restore common sense flexibilities, which would allow more people into work, but more than that, would create a more robust, flexible labour market.
Ukip are not referring to the idea that we adapt as a workforce as we already have one of the most flexible labour forces in the world.
The clue is in the wording “once out of the European Union”. It is the rights that EU legislation has afforded to British workers they wish to do away with.
Any economist will tell you that the barriers to a flexible workforce are
Ukip have not given any details on their policies on workers rights and I suspect we will not see any this side of the General Election.