Ian Hudghton MEP (SNP) is slating British Labour and
Tory Euro-MPís for joining forces in voting to prevent legal action being
taken against the UK Government. The UK Governmentís failure to implement
the 48 hour week was the subject of a debate in the European Parliament
Mr Hudghton, who is the SNPís spokesperson on Employment matters in Europe
is now asking his Scottish counterparts in the Labour and Tory Parties to
explain their actions to Scottish workers. The row comes after Euro-MPs
met in Strasbourg to vote on a review of the way EU countries are
implementing rules to prevent workers being forced to work more than 48
hours a week by unscrupulous employers.
Included in the review was a clause calling for legal
action to be initiated against the British government for failing to
prevent the 'widespread and systematic abuse' of the 48 hour maximum
working week opt out negotiated by the UK. While SNP members and their
colleagues from Plaid Cymru, supported the legal action clause in a bid to
defend workers from exploitation, British Labour and Tory MEPs backed an
amendment which erasing the legal action provision.
Speaking from his office in Strasbourg, an angry Mr
"Tony Blair must think all his Christmases have come at once. Having
scraped through on Tuition Fees, and Huttonís whitewash, Tonyís bacon has
been saved once again by todayís charge of the Labour-Tory Light Brigade
here in Strasbourg. Once again, while Tony is let off the hook, itís the
ordinary citizen who loses out.
ďTo be honest, Iím not over surprised by the Labour
MEPís - itís nothing more than what weíve come to expect from Tonyís
cronies, even though their membership of the Party of European Socialists
in the European Parliament should come with a trade description warning.
But for Blair to be shored up by the Tories beggars belief! After all,
itís the Tories who constantly bray for the EU to take action against
Governments who flout the European Unionís rules. Why not now?
ďMEPís from both parties will have their constituents to
answer to for todayís disgraceful cop-out. This was a chance to protect
British workers against further abuse of the 48 hour working week. Tonyís
cronies and his Tory pals have ensured that the Government has got off