Last week I went on a tour of Britain's workplaces, talking to those I met about Labour's five key pledges for working people at the next General election. I began in a nuclear power station visited a logistics hub, supermarkets and hospitals finally ending up in a prison! This gave me the opportunity to listen to the real pressures and challenges facing people at work talk about what a Labour government will do to help in May.
The tour marked the publication of 'Manifesto for Change' by Unions Together- the 14 trade unions who are affiliated to the Labour Party.
From making work pay through increasing the Minimum Wage and encouraging employers to opt to pay their workers the Living Wage through tax breaks, helping families with the cost of bills with an energy price cap and tackling soaring rail fares, it's clear that only a Labour government will put working people first.
I spoke to hospital workers who told me about their wages going down while their workloads went up, and layers of bureaucracy being placed on the system as a result of the Tories' top-down reorganisation of the NHS. Labour have pledged that we will repeal the Government's Health and Social Care Act and recruiting 20,000 more nurses and 8.000 more GPs - an essential step to save our NHS.
I also spoke to supermarket workers, many of whom are desperate for more hours at work in order to make ends meet. Labour will ban exploitative zero hours contract, stop exploitation of agency workers and improve access to rights at work by reforming the tribunal system. We believe that Britain works best when there is partnership at work.