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Bairbre de Brún calls for Social Progress Clause in EU Treaties

21 October, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP


"Trade unions are losing their rights to negotiate improvements in the pay and conditions of their members" said Bairbre de Brún MEP in an appeal to the European Parliament to support the call for a binding Social Progress Clause to be included in the EU Treaties.

In the debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg the MEP said:

"Trade unions are losing their rights to negotiate improvements in the pay and conditions of their members. Governments are being forbidden to legislate for improvements in the lives of workers. A binding Social Progress Clause in the EU Treaties is the minimum required to ensure that such a thing does not happen.

"Jan Andersson's report does not yet go to the heart of the matter. It could be strengthened through a couple of amendments. The European Court of Justice rules on the basis of the Treaties. For as long as the Treaties allow for restrictions on workers rights and lowering of pay and conditions then the Court can not rule otherwise.

"Workers across Europe have the right to have the EU to live up to its rhetoric about a Social Europe."

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