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- Major confronts EU over 48-hour
- 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
- 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'
- 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.