Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MEP Urges Action in Workers' Row

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MEP Urges Action in Workers' Row

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AS THE ongoing row over British jobs for British workers bubbled up again today, one North-east MEP warned that the Government would be haunted by protests unless it changed the way movement-of-labour laws were implemented.

Unemployed construction workers were due to gather outside a Kent job centre today, following two protests last month at nearby Grain Power Station, which sparked wildcat walkouts at a number of Teesside plants, including Hartlepool power station, Heerema shipyard and Wilton.

Last week, union officials involved in the Grain Power Station protests demanded to know why Polish workers at the site were being paid pounds 10.01 an hour rather than the nationally agreed pounds 14.

Stephen Hughes, spokesman on employment matters for the socialist group in Europe, said: "The problem is the way a key piece of legislation has been implemented in the UK. What we said was any worker posted to the UK is only guaranteed statutory minimum working conditions, including the minimum wage. …

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