The Prime Minister’s plan to have an opt-out of EU job laws is deplorable and threatens vital workers’ rights.
Mr Cameron said he wants to exempt the UK from EU job laws like the Working Time Directive, which entitles workers to minimum holidays and rest breaks, and the agency workers’ directive, which ensures temporary agency workers are treated more equally.
Cameron also mentioned he wanted to scrap the maximum 48-hour working week.
As it stands UK workers are allowed to work longer than 48 hours a week if they want to, but they cannot be forced to do so by an employer.
While the PM is succeeding in appeasing his backbenchers, he runs the risk of alienating large swathes of the British public who enjoy the benefits and protection of the EU’s job laws.
As a supporter of Britain’s membership of the EU I am concerned by what David Cameron is saying.
Renegotiating our membership of the EU should be about getting the best deal for the British public, not the Conservative Party.
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