Workers’ rights must remain at heart of EU

Labour MEPs today welcomed news that the UK would not be seeking an opt-out on EU employment protections, but called for continued vigilance against threats to workers’ rights.

Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour’s Leader in Europe, said:

“Any attempts to axe or water down British people’s employment rights through EU opt-outs will make it harder to persuade working people of the importance of our EU membership

“It is thanks to our EU membership that we have major employment rights, including a minimum four weeks’ paid holiday, a right to parental leave, and the same protections for part-time workers as full-time workers.

“Over the coming months those who know that Britain’s membership of the EU is best for Britain must not just address the business case for the EU, but the case for working people as well.”