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EU Referendum: How Employment Law Could be Affected

EU Referendum: How Employment Law Could be Affected

Date: 24th June 2015 | By: Claire Malley | Categories: Employment law

Trade Unions may become a surprise ‘no’ vote on the EU referendum.

As part of the Prime minister’s renegotiation of Britain’s position in the EU, it seems that all issues are being discussed with other member states, including employment rights.

This has worried the GMB to write to all 27 EU member states to suggest that if worker’s rights are undermined during the renegotiation, then they and other organisations could vote ‘no’ in the forthcoming referendum.

Speculation appears to suggest that two areas being discussed involve the Working Time Directive, and the Agency Workers Directives.

The discussions regarding Britain’s renegotiation with the EU are at a very early stage, and the EU referendum is some time off, but it is a clear indicator of both what is being discussed in regards to employment law, and the ‘knock on’ implications any result may have on both employees and employers within the UK.

It also highlights the unusual and surprising situation of the far left and far right potentially joining forces and standing together to vote ‘no’ to staying in Europe.

We have to stress that it is early days in this long process, but it is important to consider what is being discussed, and the repercussions it could have whether the country votes for or against remaining in Europe. As soon as more information becomes available, and a clear proposal has been agreed, we will be able to advise our clients on the potential repercussions of the renegotiation.

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