Frances O’Grady today meets President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz MEP.

Tim Lezard Europe, UK,
President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz MEP.

President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz MEP.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady will today raise concerns about the prospect of an EU stripped of workers’ rights when she meets the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz MEP.

Her meeting in Brussels comes the day before President Schulz meets David Cameron in London. She will call on President Schulz to stand firm on workers’ rights in his meeting with the UK Prime Minister.

The key points that Frances O’Grady will raise with President Schulz are:

  • Cameron fails to offer anything to workers in his calls for employment rights to be repatriated, a moratorium on new or better rights, and creating a two-tier workforce by slashing in-work benefits for migrant workers.
  • Reforming Europe should not be about reducing workers’ rights such as paid holiday rights and fairness for temporary and agency workers, or deeper austerity. Europe needs reforms that will deliver sustainable growth based on investing in good jobs that pay higher wages; and measures to prevent employers from abusing free movement, through exploitation and undercutting.

She said: “We reject the false choice between leaving the EU or staying in an EU stripped of protections for workers, consumers and the environment. EU law is in many cases the last frontier for British workers – take that away and they will be left with no protections.

“I’m asking the President of the European Parliament to stand up to David Cameron, for British workers and for workers everywhere in Europe.”


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