Responding to reports in the press that Cameron is planning to water down employment rights ahead of the EU poll, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“These reports confirm that we were right to warn about Cameron’s designs on workers’ rights in his EU renegotiation strategy.
“The Prime Minister has been beaten back from the most extreme measures, under pressure from other European leaders who have been lobbied by our fellow trade unionists. But this clearly indicates that the paid holidays, rest breaks and limits on the working week of the Working Time Directive are still under threat. So too, we believe, are protections for temporary agency workers.
“Cameron must stop listening to the hard right on his backbenches, who want flexibility only for big business while denying it to workers’ families, and start listening to trade unions and the working people who repeatedly tell pollsters that if staying in Europe might mean losing rights and protections at work, they might choose to vote to leave.”