Defends our rights

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British workers have benefited hugely from EU laws that ensure at least four weeks' paid holiday and extended parental leave. Under EU law, part-time workers now enjoy the same rights as full-time staff and more workers have the legal right to request flexible working arrangements.

The well-being of workers is protected by high health and safety standards in the workplace, and these safety standards also apply to many of the products sold across the EU.

As well as protecting the rights of workers, the EU has put the needs of consumers at the centre of its work. Flights are cheaper, air passengers are entitled to compensation when delayed, and mobile roaming charges will be scrapped in 2017

Labour MEPs will continue working to strengthen consumer and workers' rights, including working to ensure EU action to address zero-hours contracts and other forms of insecure employment.

Labour in Europe is also working to reform the Posted Workers and Agency Workers Directives to stop the undercutting of wages that comes from the exploitation of migrant workers.

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