ref date:10 Sep 2002 (econ)
Trades unions tell Blair European employment law is paramount
Tony Blair will today spout of his large mouth (larger after days of sucking up to the USA no doubt) over
issues regarding Iraq, rather than concentrating on the fact his government has been ignoring European
employment law and have been denying individuals rights guaranteed to them by European charter.
Yesterday, several union leaders, decried Blairs attitude which they say has made workers"second-class citizens".
Bill Morris, the Transport and General Workers' Union general secretary, said that 'British' law led to the continuing scenario of "master and servant" in the workplace.
Morris went to to say: "Employees without rights are often called casual workers: which reflects employers' attitudes towards them rather than their actual status. Only in the UK do we still have a legal definition based on master and servants."