UKIP

UKIP policy is notoriously elusive. We all know where they stand on Europe and immigration, as Nigel never stops telling us, but the fact is they have a whole host of other policies that they don’t bang on about quite so much.

In fact, they make it almost impossible to find out about their other policies.

In the last few days, they’ve launched a new website. Their policy document on small businesses (the one that scraps most of our rights at work) – vanished. And this isn’t historical stuff we are talking about – that manifesto was from 2013.

So what is the truth about UKIP? And why don’t they want us to know about it?

Today, we’ve launched a new infographic showing what UKIP really stand for. You can see it, and share it here: http://www.unionstogether.org.uk/ukiptruth

Most of the evidence base for these UKIP policies isn’t to be found on their website. We’ve had to scour the internet to even find a copy of the manifesto they stood on at the last General Election.

You can download their 2010 manifesto here, and their 2013 small business manifesto HERE and HERE. The small business manifesto is still (for the time being) on the UKIP East Sussex site too.

 

Here’s a handy guide to those less-famous UKIP policies we are exposing today.

 

1. Want job security? Take a pay cut. UKIP think Job Security is a luxury you should pay for with lower wages.

This is from Section 2.1 of UKIP’s small business manifesto from January 2013.

“The same logic applies to temporary workers – as a general rule, there is a price to be paid for better job security and holiday entitlement, and that is to accept lower wages or salary than offered to those on short-term contracts.”

 

2. Maternity pay? Who needs it! UKIP would scrap the right to maternity leave for women working for small businesses.

Section 3.2 of the same small business manifesto says:

“The EU is responsible for a great deal of UK employment legislation.  A good example of excessive EU regulation is proposals for 'longer and better maternity leave'...

...UKIP proposes to vastly simplify this legislation.  It would be up to each employer to decide whether to offer parental leave and this would be one of the items included in the standard employment contract (see above). An SME which refuses to offer parental leave will either have to offer young women higher salaries than other businesses which offer a long leave period or they will simply have to recruit from a smaller pool of potential employees.”

While they’re at it, they’re also going to scrap Statutory Maternity Pay (currently worth £136.78 a week) and replace it with a stay-at-home allowance of just £64 a week.

“UKIP is in favour of simplifying the welfare system and reducing wasteful bureaucracy. Rather than playing the ‘money-go-round’ with the attendant administrative burden, UKIP would abolish SMP entirely and simply allow parents who stay at home with their children to claim a weekly parental allowance set at the same level as the Basic Cash Benefit proposed in our welfare policy (in other words, around £64 per week for parents aged 25 and above) regardless of how long they are off work and regardless of the other spouse’s income.”

 

3. Our NHS up for sale to the highest bidder. UKIP would auction the whole of our NHS off to private companies, from ambulances to hospital wards.

Page 7 of UKIP’s 2010 manifesto says:

“Encourage County Health Boards to put out to tender key NHS services ranging from Long Term Care to local hospitals and GP surgeries. This will be done by franchising key services - run on a fixed budget - to charitable associations, not-for-profit and profit-making private companies, partnerships and individuals. This will bring in private sector efficiency and innovation, while fixed assets, responsibility and direction remain firmly in public hands.”

 

4. Taxes cut for the richest, taxes raised for the rest. UKIP would introduce a flat rate of tax, raising taxes for the poorest tax-payers, while the rich would pay much less.

Page 3 of their 2010 manifesto says UKIP will “Introduce a flat tax”.

 

5. Paid holiday? Scrapped. UKIP would scrap your legal right to four weeks’ paid holiday.

We get our legal right to four weeks’ paid leave from European Law (along with a host of other rights). UKIP would withdraw from the EU, and leave us without this Europe-wide guarantee of four weeks’ paid leave.

If that’s not clear enough, they helpfully spell it out in section 3.1 of their small business manifesto:

“UKIP would put an end to most legislation regarding matters such as weekly working hours, holidays and holiday, overtime, redundancy or sick pay etc. and provide a statutory, standard, very short employment contract template.”

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