Wales TUC establishes new commission to explore greater powers for the Senedd
The coordinating body of trade unions in Wales has established a new commission to explore greater powers for the Senedd.
The Wales TUC confirmed the appointment of Professor Jean Jenkins, Professor of Employment Relations at Cardiff Business School, to lead an independent commission into the future of employment rights and devolution in Wales.
The Future of Devolution and Work Commission will be tasked with considering the impact that the current devolution arrangements are having on efforts to properly address issues like insecure work, non-compliance with labour rights and the changing nature of work.
Professor Jenkins will be supported by an independent expert panel. The members of that panel will be announced ahead of the Commission’s first meeting next month.
The Commission, which is being set up support at this year’s Wales TUC Congress meeting in May. It will publish an interim report by May 2022 and a final report by the end of 2022 and comes following recent Wales TUC research which showed strong support for the Senedd to be given greater powers.
According to data from YouGov and commissioned by the Wales TUC, workers back key decisions about Wales being taken in Wales on health (56% in favour- 29% against), education (60%-27%), economic development (53%-30%) and welfare (47%-37%).
“In recent years workers in Wales have been hit by a series of huge shifts. We’ve seen a steady erosion of many key rights at work, big changes in the sectoral make-up of the Welsh economy, the rise of the gig economy, and the impact of the digitisation and automation in the workplace,” Professor Jenkins said.
“It’s vital, therefore, that we take a step back and take a proper look at how our labour market is regulated, where power lies, and what changes might be necessary to make progress towards the idea of Wales as a Fair Work nation.
“I’m delighted to be leading the Wales TUC’s Commission and I’m greatly looking forward to working with the expert panel, trade unions and partners, and workers across Wales to tackle some of the major challenges that are facing us in our working lives”.
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