We hear all the time from those that want to stay in the EU that workers’ rights are dependent on our staying.
However, when you look at it in a rational manner, you find out that the rights we enjoy are long-standing and are a function of UK laws.
The right to holiday time was first introduced in the UK in the Holiday Pay Act 1938.
Maternity leave in the UK provides for 52 weeks, which is four times longer than the EU.
Maternity pay in the UK provides 90% of their wage for six weeks, and £140 per week for the next 33 weeks.
The EU does not give women any minimum level during their leave.
As to equal pay, this was legislated for men and women in 1970, well before we joined.
There is no minimum wage law in the EU.
Only 18 of the 28 EU nations have a minimum wage, while the UK has the highest rate.
We have had laws on sex discrimination since 1975 and race discrimination since 1965.
So when the argument is made about losing our rights if we left, remember our UK laws are better and stronger than the EU’s.
So leaving will not be a retrograde step as they are enshrined in our laws.
Another myth destroyed.
Chris Gallacher, TD VR,