Today I spoke about why we established the Labour IN campaign. We have a distinct agenda — a vision to make Britain better and fairer for everyone, by engaging with our neighbours in Europe. I wanted to share this message with you, and I hope you'll vote to Remain on 23 June.
One of the most important things I spoke about this morning was simply this — your rights at work.
Through the social chapter and other directives, Europe has delivered us:
- Over 26 million workers in Britain benefit from being entitled to 28 days of paid leave and a limit to how many hours they can be forced to work;
- Over eight million part-time workers (over six million of whom are women) have equal rights with full-time colleagues;
- Over one million temporary workers have the same rights as permanent workers;
- 340,000 women every year have guaranteed rights to take maternity leave.
We can't rely on the Tory Government to defend workplace rights. Leave supporters have stated they want to water down workers' rights and rip up protections against discrimination, exploitation and injustice. The next Labour government will work with our allies to strengthen workers' rights, and stop migrant workers being exploited and local workers being undercut.
We are overwhelmingly for remain, because we believe the European Union has brought investment, jobs and protection for workers, consumers and the environment.
But also because our membership offers a crucial route to meeting the challenges we face in the 21st century, on climate change, on restraining the power of global corporations and ensuring they pay fair taxes, on tackling cyber-crime and terrorism, on ensuring trade is fair with protections for workers and consumers and in addressing refugee movements.
Britain will be stronger if we co-operate with our neighbours in facing those challenges together.