ACTION: Tell contemptuous Cameron what you think of workers’ rights

by - 1st February 2012, 15.27 BST

Trade unionists have been asked to take the fight for workers’ rights to David Cameron,

Unions Together, which represents the 15 unions affiliated to the Labour Party, has asked supporters to email the Prime Minister after he attacked workers’ rights in Parliament yesterday.

The email reads: “David Cameron made clear the contempt he has for our rights at work. He stood up in the House of Commons and asked his MPs what we got in return for Britain signing up to the Social Chapter – they obediently chorused: ‘nothing’.

“The Social Chapter is an EU agreement to promote improved working conditions and an improved standard of living for workers.  The Social Chapter is an EU agreement to “promote improved working conditions and an improved standard of living for workers.

“It’s because of the Social Chapter that workers in part-time jobs are entitled to the same rights at work as their full-time colleagues. It’s thanks to the Social Chapter that it’s illegal to sack a parent for needing to take a day off to care for a sick child. And it’s the Social Chapter that gives workers the right to be properly consulted and informed about redundancies and restructures.

“But Cameron and his MPs think these rights are worth ‘nothing’. Every day that goes by, it becomes clearer that the rights we rely on are not safe in the hands of Cameron and this government. They simply don’t understand what life is like for ordinary people who depend on legal protections to make sure they are not treated badly or unfairly at work.”

You can send the email to David Cameron here