Struggles, Trade Unions, Workers

Rights and legal reform

The new legalisation establishes cuts in social spending which will have repercussions on the most vulnerable sector of society. Immigrants should know about certain measures which they can take to ensure that their worker’s and human rights are not violated.


The-anti-cuts-movement-ENGLISH-2The austerity measures imposed by European governments regarding cuts to social spending will increase social inequality and facilitate attacks on wages and worker’s rights. Nevertheless, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the majority of the European leaders consider implementing austerity measures to be the only route to escaping the economic recession and generating trust.

In the United Kingdom, as in the rest of the countries belonging to the European Union, such guidelines are being followed in order to reduce the public deficit and overcome the biggest financial crisis in decades.

Contra la austeridad 3In fact, despite the weak estimations of economic growth, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne maintains his stance in the face of these guidelines. He disagrees that public spending is the best way to reactivate economies in debt. Social spending is one of the affected areas, where the British Government will cut £10,000,000,000 in addition to the annual budget.

The measures, which will come into force on 1st April, will make survival and personal development even more difficult for immigrant communities including the Spanish speaking community.

Los derechos 07Furthermore, they have proposed to cut unemployment and maternity benefits just as the subsidy which grants the poorest in society reduced taxes.

Initiatives such as “Londres Empleo Estudios Alojamiento Sabías Que” (London Employment Studies Housing: did you know) provide the Latin American and Spanish communities with all sorts of information to avoid any violations of worker’s or human rights.

For example, they explain that a person working over 30 hours per week and earning below the minimum stipulated by each job and the person’s qualifications, has a right to claim the “working tax credit”, about £55 per week.

La libertad y la ley1This benefit can also be claimed by people who have a child and who are working more than 16 hours per week but who do not earn the minimum stipulated by their professional characteristics and by their industry’s specifications.

The webpage created by a work advisor also gives details on the importance of taking the Habitual Residence Test (HRT2), when the person has lived in the UK for over two years and has substantial connections to the country, such as a job or a house.

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(Translated by Frances Singer – Email:

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