Leaving the European Union could jeopardise all the work done towards improving health and safety rights in the workplace, according to a leading lawyer.
If the country votes to leave the EU in June, many workers could lose their “hard-won” rights
and face years of uncertainty, a legal study for the TUC found.
Number of protections at risk
Protections for agency workers, health and safety measures and compensation rates would be at risk from Brexit, according to Michael Ford QC.
He added that workers would no longer be able to take cases to the European Court of Justice.
A vote to leave could lead to a lengthy transition in which the government could pick and chose which EU rights to dilute or scrap, it was claimed.
Hard won rights
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady says leaving the EU is a “big risk” for everyone who works for a living.
He says that if we lose these right, which generations of trade unionists have fought for, it could take many more generations to get them back again.
Bad bosses could cut workers’ hard-won protections, he claims.
Date Published: April 14, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown