Rail Union Urges Members To Vote For Brexit

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:21 AM

The RMT says leaving the EU would halt "attacks" on workers&#thirty-nine; rights - but this is contradicted in a study commissioned by the TUC.

Rail Union Urges Members To Vote For Brexit

A leading rail union is urging its members to vote for the UK to leave the European Union.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union says Brexit would halt "attacks" on trade union rights, collective bargaining, work protections and wages.

It claims new EU policies would entrench rail privatisation and create it impossible to ever renationalise services.

Common secretary Mick Cash said the EU was "wedded to privatisation, austerity and attacking democracy".

He added: "It'd be frankly risible for a union love ours maintain staying in a bosses' club that seeks to ban the public ownership of our railways, attacks the shipping and offshore sectors and embraces the privatisation of the NHS and other fundamental services that our members depend on."

However, the TUC is campaigning for the UK to stay in the EU when the matter goes to a vote on twenty-third June.

It commissioned a valid study that suggests paid holidays, protections for agency workers, health and safety measures and compensation rates would be at risk from Brexit.

In the study Michael Ford QC claims workers would number longer be able to get cases to the European Ct of Justice.

TUC common secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Brexit would imply working people are haunted by years of uncertainty, as rights love paid holiday, parental leave and equal treatment for part-timers and contract workers could be stripped far over time.

"Horrible bosses will be rubbing their hands with glee if Brexit gives them the chance to slice workers' hard-won protections."

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