In 1991, all member states but the United Kingdom signed the so-called Social Chapter
annexed to the Maastricht Treaty, which granted greater legal power to the EU in the area of social policy.
Peter Webber, CEO of Technic Group, moved his entire retread tire plant from Germany to Burton-on-Trent, England, to escape the burden placed on his firm by the EU's social chapter
. The relocation was not made because the company is anti-Europe.
Another reason is that the economic philosophy of the Labour Party is more in sympathy with that of Continental Europe, as symbolised by the Social Chapter
. This difference can be illustrated for a variety of policy issues, microeconomic as well as macroeconomic.
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.
If we are concerned about the Social Chapter
, let us have agreement in Parliament to take that into our own law.
Many rights, particularly at the workplace, emanate from the EU social chapter
. Europe's working-time directive established safeguards against unscrupulous employers demanding excessive hours of their employees.
What little protection is given by the social chapter
will be lost.
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.
"If Britain was to come out of the EU, and remove itself from the Social Chapter
legislation, workers will never get it back.
He said: "Many of those measures were introduced as part of the Social Chapter
, a piece of legislation that is detested and derided by the Tory right with a venomous disdain that betrays the real agenda they'd pursue if Britain voted to leave.
Bill Platt would do better for Mail readers if he produced migration figures in both directions and understood the benefits to all EU countries, including the UK, of the free movement of Labour and the Social Chapter
which protects employees from being absolutely exploited by rapacious employers.
EU law - the Social Chapter
- guarantees workers' rights in areas such as maternity and paternity leave, holiday pay and in the event of mass redundancies.