JEREMY CORBYN warned yesterday that workers’ rights will “suffer” if Britain leaves the EU as he launched a final push to persuade Labour supporters to vote Remain.
The Labour leader launched a new poster claiming employment protections would be torn up if Britain votes to leave the EU on June 23.
Paid holiday, maternity and paternity leave, equal pay for women and fair treatment would all be at risk if Tory ministers were uninhibited by EU law, he said at the event in Westminster.
Employment Minister Priti Patel let slip last week that she wants to slash workplace regulation such as health and safety laws after Brexit.
Mr Corbyn said: “Many of those who are part of the Leave campaign say June 24 will be the start of a bonfire of regulations.
“All of those rights are at risk from those people who want to leave on the basis of a different kind of Europe.
“A Europe where we have a race to the bottom not an advance towards the top.”
But left-wing Leave campaigners pointed out that workers’ rights were enshrined in British law prior to EU membership because of campaigning by Labour and trade unions.
Labour MP and Vote Leave chair Gisela Stuart said: “The Labour Party has a proud history of fighting for and securing workers’ rights — so I am deeply disappointed to see my party belittling what we have achieved.
“The suggestion that the only reason we have protections in this country is because of the EU is insulting to all the people who have campaigned for these rights here in the UK.”