Union disputes MP’s call over EU workers’ rights
A UNION has contradicted a Tory MP by warning the Prime Minister not to scrap European Union (EU)-backed workers’ rights.
GMB general secretary Paul Kenny’s demand clashed with South Derbyshire Conservative MP Heather Wheeler’s call for the UK to repatriate powers over employment and social policy from the 27-state bloc.
The disagreement highlighted divisions over the UK’s future in the EU as David Cameron prepared to make his long-awaited speech on the subject.
In yesterday’s Mail, Mrs Wheeler said it was ‘unacceptable’ for social and employment policy to be ‘decided by a group of unelected officials’.
However, Mr Kenny has warned: “UK workers will not vote for a one-way street EU where in terms of social benefits they are second-class citizens.
“UK workers will not be used to appease the bigotry of the Tory backbenchers”.