I would like to thank Malcolm Cox for his response to my previous letter (Lynn News, October 7) with regards to the legal cases that I outlined that workers’ rights are not protected in the EU.
I provided the Bletchley Park codes as they’re the case reference numbers should anyone wish to read into the cases further on the internet. I will give some brief details on the cases of Laval and Ruffert.
In Laval, a Swedish trade union demanded that a Latvian company, Laval, pay Swedish wages to its Latvian employees. The company refused. The ECJ held that employers were not required to observe more than minimum terms and conditions in posting workers from one member of the EU to work in another where more beneficial collective agreements had already been previously agreed between the trade unions and the employers.
In Ruffert, a Polish subcontractor established in Germany, paid less than half the German construction industry wage. The ECJ held that contractors were not obliged to observe collective agreements unless it could be proven that they were “universally applicable”. It claimed that under Article 49 of the EU Treaty higher rates of pay would mean “an additional economic burden that may prohibit, impede or render less attractive the provision of their services in the host member country”.
You have raised other issues, but I will respond to two. With regards to the claim that Nigel Farage admires Vladimir Putin, if you actually read into the interview Farage said that he admired Putin as an “operator” and not as a human being. On the subject of the NHS, I and my party are fully committed to an NHS free at the point of delivery, and I’m yet to meet a UKIP member who believes otherwise. I can assure you, Mr Cox, that if my party were to announce that the NHS should be privatised, I would be the first to resign from the party.
UKIP Young Independence Norfolk Chairman