As Britain leaves the EU, it is vital that we ensure the rights for women that were fought so hard for are enshrined in UK law. The rights of women part-time workers and temporary workers are under particular threat of repeal since those who led the Leave campaign during the Referendum directly attacked the directives.
I want to work with women both from the South West and across Europe in holding the Government to account to enshrine the rights of women, as the European Union has done, in British law.
Article 8, Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
“In all its activities, the [European] Union shall aim to eliminate inequalities, and to promote equality, between men and women.”
European Court of Justice in Defrenne v Sabena 1978
“The Court has repeatedly stated that respect for fundamental personal human rights is one of the principles of [European] Community law, the observance of which it has a duty to ensure. There can be no doubt that the elimination of discrimination based on sex forms part of those fundamental rights.”
Gender equality is a founding aim of the EU and it is recognised as a fundamental right in EU law. In the years since the UK joined the EU in 1973, working women have gained significantly from this strong underpinning to their rights.
EU law has:
Expanded the right to equal pay, strengthened protection from sex discrimination and improved remedies and access to justice for women who have been unfairly treated.
Strengthened protection for pregnant women and new mothers in the workplace and created new rights that have helped women balance work with care and encouraged men to play a greater role in family life too.
Benefited the many women who work part-time or on a temporary basis, improving their pay and conditions and giving them access to rights at work that they were previously disqualified from.