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23 January 2013
Let Cameron, the Tories and business be warned that if they succeed in getting a deal to take away these social benefits that workers will not vote in the referendum to stay in the EU says GMB
GMB commented on the EU speech by Prime Minister David Cameron on 23rd January promising a referendum by 2018 on the UK in the EU.
Paul Kenny GMB General Secretary said:
“Millions of UK workers bought into the EU ideal on the balance of a free business market for jobs that had a social dimension for equality, employment rights, health and safety protections, access to justice and for the free movement not the exploitation of labour. See notes to editors for GMB response to Fresh Start Group proposals on this.
Let there be no misunderstanding that if the EU is only there for the needs of business without these social benefits that this is not the EU millions of workers in the UK would vote for in a referendum.
Let Cameron, the Tories and business be warned that if they succeed in getting a deal to take away these social benefits that workers will not vote to stay in the EU.
UK workers will not vote for a one way street EU where in terms of social benefits they are second class citizens. UK workers will not be used to appease the bigotry of the Tory backbenchers”.