UKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has slammed a deal between the government and the unions which will see the Trade Union Bill watered down in return for union support of the ‘stay’ campaign; saying, “the unions are supposed to be defenders of UK workers, not the ones selling them down the river in return for political favours.”
Mr Hookem’s comments come after the Daily Telegraph reported that 12 unions were “buying policy” with their support of the stay campaign, in return for “significant” concessions to the Conservative’s flagship policy to overhaul the way the unions fund political parties.
Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “The whole ethos of the union movement is to protect workers rights, incomes, and futures, but it seems to me like they are more bothered about being allowed to continue to fund the pro-EU Labour party than they are about getting a stronger Britain that would benefit us all.”
“Even Sir Stuart Rose, the head of the stay campaign has admitted that wages would rise if we were to leave the EU.”
“When you consider that by returning a leave vote, we could control EU migration and stopping the cycle of wage compression, especially in the low paid sectors, you would have thought the unions would be pushing for Brexit instead of doing backroom deals.”
“For me, this highlights how scared the remain camp is that they are losing the argument and once again shows there is no political principle that David Cameron is not willing to break in order to secure a stay vote.”
“To be honest, it has been strange how quiet the unions have been on the subject of the referendum up to now and it will be interesting to see how active they become in the weeks remaining before the referendum.”
“And let’s face it if the UK does choose to stay in the EU; and as we progress toward a European superstate, the major unions know that it will be Brussels they will be dealing with rather than an elected UK government which will become more and more marginalised.”