by Tim Lezard Business leaders must recognise that workers’ rights are part of the the UK’s membership of the EU, the TUC has said. Commenting on Ed Miliband’s speech yesterday to the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), TU …

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by Tim Lezard

Business leaders must recognise that workers’ rights are part of the the UK’s membership of the EU, the TUC has said.

Commenting on Ed Miliband’s speech yesterday to the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is time for unions, employers and sensible politicians to expose the dangers of even flirting with leaving the EU. The long-term solution to our living standards crisis includes creating more of the high-skill, well-paid jobs brought to the UK by inward investment – and under threat through talk of exit. We should not sacrifice economic growth for a family squabble between UKIP and the Conservatives.

“But business leaders must recognise that employee rights, protection of the environment and high consumer standards are part of UK membership of the EU. Of course, there is room for reform, but the EU’s problems come not from giving workers legal rights to paid holidays, but depressing growth through austerity.”


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