Putting worker safety on the EU agenda

Trade_Union_IntergroupOctober saw Health and Safety put centre stage in the European Parliament. With another successful European Week for Safety and Health at Work, the adoption of the Health and Safety Strategy in the Employment Committee and a fantastic trade union …

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Open Letter – A new low: UKIP MEPs fail to support stronger EU anti-torture trade regulations


Dear editor,

I’m sure that all readers will agree that torture has no place in a civilised society.

I was therefore deeply saddened this week when UKIP MEPs failed to support the strengthening of legislation designed to ensure the European …

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East Midlands Labour MEP votes for measures to cut deadly air pollutants

traffic jamEast Midlands Labour MEP Glenis Willmott has voted for a range of ambitious measures in the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NECD) to cut dangerous pollutants that contribute to air pollution.

The European Parliament have backed the proposals, which include binding …

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Labour MEPs to back calls for minimum EU-wide tourism safety standards to prevent holiday tragedies

glenis chairLabour MEPs to back calls for minimum EU-wide tourism safety standards to prevent holiday tragedies

Labour MEPs will vote this week for a report calling for minimum tourism safety standards across the EU, making holiday accommodation safer and preventing future …

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Labour MEPs: CBI report is further evidence UK is better off in EU

UK & EU working togetherLabour MEPs have welcomed today’s CBI report on Britain’s membership of the EU as yet more proof the UK is better off inside the European Union than out.

The main benefits of EU membership the reports highlight include: access to …

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Open letter: Local human rights campaigner- the ongoing battle

Andy Hall 1Dear Editor,

Recently, I was shocked to learn that Andy Hall, a local human rights campaigner, is facing seven years in a Thai prison for raising the dreadful abuse of migrant workers in Thailand.

Andy was rightly drawing attention to …

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Labour MEPs: “We must protect terminally ill workers.”

Trade_Union_IntergroupYesterday, Labour MEPs and British trade union officials, called for urgent EU action to protect terminally ill workers across Europe.

Labour politicians and union officials have urged for the UK trade union led campaign, Dying to Work, to be supported …

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Open letter: We must work together to root out European tax evasion once and for all

Dear Editor,

Recently, business leaders in Derbyshire called for tax loopholes to be closed, with the East Midlands Chamber highlighting the fact that Facebook paid just £4,327 in corporation tax last year. This is less than the income tax and …

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Local Labour MEP backs plans to make e-payments safer

credit cardsThe increase of smartphones and mobile devices now means that people shop differently. You no longer have to pay for everything in person and e-payments are being used more than ever. East Midlands MEP, Glenis Willmott, has been calling for …

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Open letter: East Midlands- much more than just pork pies!

apple pieDear Editor,

We all know about the excellent local food that is produced in the East Midlands from Melton Mowbray pork pies to Bramley apple pie filling.

These products with specific characteristics attributable to the East Midlands are protected at …

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