Cameron just wants to strip rights away
In the weeks ahead, I am sure readers will begin to become informed about the benefits, or not, of our continued membership of the European Union.
In particular, the seemingly innocuous, harmless demand that the UK renegotiates our membership.
For the sake of clarity, I thought it worthwhile to record what Mr Cameron means by renegotiation.
Whenever a Conservative talks of renegotiation for the good of the UK, the public can be assured that the last thing the Tories have in mind is the betterment of the workers.
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Simply put, what Dave really wants from any renegotiation is a repatriation of all those EU workers' rights that the average Tory hates with a passion.
Renegotiation, for Tories, means no paid holidays – let alone holidays – no restriction on the length of the working week, no maternity pay or leave, no paid redundancies, no obligations to provide a pension to the workers, no statutory health and safety, no compensation for injuries caused by an employer's negligence, and so on.
In short, any EU legislation that puts workers' rights on a par with an obligation on the employer is akin to a cobra bite.
If anybody thinks I am barking, you only have to look back at the report the Government requested last year, of which the highlight was the right to fire on the spot.
While I am sure a renegotiation of our EU membership would not go amiss, let's not get carried away that, on this occasion, Dave is some sort of cuddly teddy bear.
He is more like a grizzly bear intent on destroying all vestiges of an equitable work-life balance.
Rob Thomas, Botcheston.