The working-class history of the European Union

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Major confronts EU over 48-hour ruling
By Philip Webster and Charles Bremner, London Times, 13 November 1996. John Major paved the way for confrontation with the European Union when he pledged to reverse a European Court of Justice verdict imposing a 48-hour maximum working week on Britain.
Workers Demonstrate in Europe
AP, 28 May 1997. Thousands of union members formed a human chain around European Union offices to press for increased workers' rights in the constitution governing the 15-nation bloc, the Maastricht Treaty, is scheduled to be revised next month at a gathering of EU leaders in Amsterdam.
EU Workers Need Legal Say On Mergers, TotalFina-Elf Union Insists
ICEM Update, 25 January 2000. European law must give workers more say on corporate mergers and takeovers. That is the call from French chemical and energy workers' union the FCE-CFDT this week as a proposed merger between TotalFina and Elf nears approval.
EU deadlock on workers' rights
By Angus Roxburgh, BBC News, Monday 14 May 2001. European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels have failed to break the deadlock over the thorny question of how quickly the EU's doors should open to foreign workers when new members join in the coming years.
UK and Germany back EU workers' charter
By Daniel Dombey, Raphael Minder and Hugh Williamson, Financial Times, 25 April 2004. The British government has agreed with Germany to back EU legislation that could increase worker representation on company boards. It is intended to secure worker participation in companies created by cross-border mergers and is opposed by the EU's main employers' federations.