Friday, 27 May 2016 06:13

EU Employment rights are vital

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The SNP is today highlighting a report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which finds a vote to leave the EU could harm efforts to reduce poverty across the UK.

The JRF’s EU Referendum and UK Poverty report states “a disruption in the UK’s relationship with the EU is likely to negatively affect UK growth in the short-term, with adverse consequences for poverty reduction”.
Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP, the SNP’s Social Justice spokesperson, has pointed to the range of employment rights UK workers enjoy thanks to EU legislation and the positive impact these rights have across society.  
Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP, the SNP’s Social Justice spokesperson said:
“One of the many benefits of the UK’s membership of the EU is the range of employment rights it guarantees across the entire territory – workers’ rights like protections for those on zero-hours contracts and part-time workers.
“As the JRF report points out, EU employment rights positively impact those in the UK who are at greatest risk of exploitation – such as disabled workers, temporary or agency workers – providing strong rights to equal treatment.
“It’s vital that we value these employment rights – which were hard fought-for and which help protect working people in Scotland and across the UK.
“Working people in Scotland have benefitted from a range of protections thanks to EU legislation.  Membership of the EU means a fairer, healthier and wealthier Scotland and UK - that's surely something we can all get behind.”


Joseph Rowntree Foundation - The EU Referendum and UK poverty: