Increase in zero-hour contracts in UK – Labour MEPs call for EU action


The number of people on zero-hours contracts continues to rise under the Tories. Labour MEPs have taken the issue to the European Parliament and have called on the European Commission and national governments to take urgent action.

The total number …

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Local MEP: “Workers’ rights must remain at heart of EU”

gw picAn East Midlands MEP today welcomed news that the UK would not be seeking an opt-out on EU employment protections, but called for continued vigilance against threats to workers’ rights.

Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, said:

“Any …

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Opportunity and education for young people is the key to Britain’s future

Job CentreWe should always be striving for the next generation to do better than the last, and education is vitally important to achieving this. The launch of Labour’s education manifesto this week demonstrates a sincere commitment to opportunity for all.

The …

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East Midlands MEP condemns companies dodging Minimum Wage

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An East Midlands MEP has condemned the 70 companies named by the government who have failed to pay their workers the statutory minimum wage. The worst offender was an East Midlands care provider based in Nottingham which owes 184 of …

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Terrible coincidence – Terrible betrayal

Riccall Colliery ClosureIt’s a terrible coincidence that, on the thirtieth anniversary of the miners’ strike, we should be hearing about the threat to Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire with the jobs of 600 miners at risk, with Kellingley pit in North Yorkshire also …

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New rules on public procurement

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This week the European Parliament voted through new rules on the awarding of public procurement contracts.

Readers will no doubt remember the disappointment in our region when Derby-based …

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Europe – having your say

crowdI’m sometimes asked exactly how people can have a bigger say in what Europe does.   And I have every sympathy with people who want to get more involved in the complex – and lets’ face it – confusing decision-making process …

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Labour MEPs ensure blacklisting is illegal under EU law

Hard Hat istockLabour MEPs have ensured there is not doubt that blacklisting is illegal under EU law, securing reinforced protection from blacklisting.

The European Parliament’s justice and civil liberties committee voted last night on reforms to EU data protection law. Labour managed …

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Callous Remploy closures could have been avoided using existing EU laws

This weekend’s news about the closure of Remploy factories was devastating. With the Tory-led Government choosing to close 36 factories straight away – including the sites at Chesterfield, Leicester and Worksop in the East Midlands – nearly 1,800 workers will …

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Free movement of workers must serve to improve people’s lives

Mette FrederiksenAs the rotating Presidency of the European Union fell to Denmark earlier this month, Danish ministers have been speaking to MEPs in their various Committees to set out their agenda for the next six months.

Today, I was pleased to

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