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EU referendum: Workers’ rights will be watered down if Britain leaves EU, claims TUC - Independent

EU referendum: Workers’ rights will be watered down if Britain leaves EU, claims TUC - Independent

By Nigel Morris - 3 May 2016

Workers’ rights will be watered down if Briton’s vote to leave the European Union, a new legal report published by the Trade Union Congress has claimed.

The analysis by the TUC – which represents 52 unions and 5.8 million workers – claims that complete withdrawal from the single market could pave the way for a government “to make sweeping changes to employment law” – including reducing holiday pay and discrimination protections for pregnant workers.

Drawing on an analysis by Michael Ford QC, they claim that even if the UK remained in the single market, but outside the EU, rights such as discrimination compensations and protections for agency workers would be at risk.

In Mr Ford’s view, Brexit would mean “all the social rights in employment currently required by EU law would be potentially vulnerable”.
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