Sunday, 1 May 2016

InFacts: Brexiteers want it both ways on worker rights

InFacts: Brexiteers want it both ways on worker rights

by Jack Schickler

"Eurosceptics dangle the prospect of big savings from less red tape if we leave the EU. Workers’ rights would seem to be high on the list. After all, Michael Gove, the Vote Leave campaign chair, describes EU employment laws as “excessive” and says they should have been devolved to national control.

That worries people like Labour’s Alan Johnson. In a speech yesterday, he raised the spectre that, after Brexit, there might be a threat to workers’ rights from “the swivel-eyed alliance of the right of the Tory Party, and UKIP”.

The Leave camp doesn’t spell out which regulations it would actually scrap – no doubt because it knows this would provide the labour movement with even more ammunition to attack Brexit."

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