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social chapter

the EUROPEAN UNION (EU) protocol which established (under the MAASTRICHT TREATY 1991) a set of basic rights at work throughout the EU. These include the right to join a TRADE UNION, the right to take INDUSTRIAL ACTION, the right to equal treatment for men and women (including equal pay) and various provisions relating to collective REDUNDANCIES.

Initially, the UK refused to sign up to the social chapter regarding these as matters for SUBSIDIARITY. However, this stance was reversed in 1997 when the UK signed the AMSTERDAM TREATY, including also the adoption of the WORKING TIME DIRECTIVE and other Directives relating to the employment of young workers and part-time workers, parental leave and worker consultation.

social chapter

the EUROPEAN UNION (EU) protocol that established (under the MAASTRICHT TREATY 1991) a set of basic rights at work throughout the EU. These include the right to join a TRADE UNION, the right to take INDUSTRIAL ACTION, the right to equal treatment for men and women (including equal pay) and various provisions relating to collective REDUNDANCIES. Initially, the UK refused to sign up to the social chapter, regarding these as matters for SUBSIDIARITY. This stance was reversed in 1997, however, when the UK signed the AMSTERDAM TREATY, including also the adoption of the WORKING-TIME DIRECTIVE and other directives relating to the employment of young workers and part-time workers, parental leave and worker consultation.
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Their essay is completed by a reprint of the important EU documents on social policy, such as the relevant parts of the Treaties, the Social Charter from 1989, and the Social Chapter.
A Labour Government would opt into the Social Chapter of the Maastricht Treaty.
The bill survived because the government postponed any vote on the Social Chapter until after it was enacted, leaving ratification of the treaty dependent on the separate votes that produced such drama on 22nd and 23rd July 1993.
It's why, when a Labour Government was elected in 1997, I as Prime Minister signed up to the European Social Chapter - to ensure decent terms and conditions for British workers including guaranteed paid holidays.
Those were the days of wine lakes and butter mountains, of an out-ofcontrol Common Agricultural Policy, subsidising over-production and dumping on world markets, and it was years before the development of the Social Chapter, which brought with it legislation for workers' rights and equality.
Think of the social chapter in Europe preventing a race to the bottom, preventing a dog-eat-dog competition between European nations vying with each other for the inward investment that's available by social dumping and by the lowering of standards.
If Britain was to come out of the EU, and remove itself from the Social Chapter legislation, workers will never get it back.
ON BBC's Question Time the UKIP representative stated that his party would opt out of the EU Social Chapter, as would the Tories.
They have apparently mooted restoring Britain's opt-out from the Social Chapter workplace regulations, and cutting contributions to the EU budget.
One notable exception, or one person who hasn't come here, who has a lot to say about Europe and that's the UK's Prime Minister, David Cameron - the Prime Minister who reckons he can renegotiate, for example, the social chapter.
He received backing from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which praised the social chapter included in the EPA concluded with the Caribbean region and called on the African countries to follow the same path.