Green Party MEP Jean Lambert has pointed to the chasm between UKIP claiming to defend British workers jobs, while doing nothing to defend their rights at work.
Speaking on the BBC today, she said: “Today an anti-EU poster campaign has been launched, suggesting that UK jobs are under threat from EU migrants, these posters represent crocodile tears for British workers.”
“There is no fixed number of jobs so it is misleading to assume that a British worker loses out every time a non-UK national gets a job. We should also not assume that every vacant job has a local applicant with the necessary skills.
“We should be ensuring everyone in work has the same rights and earns a living wage. UKIP has not once defended workers’ rights in the European Parliament and frequently speaks of such rights – to control working time, to parental leave, to equal treatment – as “barriers to business”.
She added: “This xenophobic campaign is just nasty: it is anti-foreigner and leaves many EU migrants – that’s more than a million people in London alone, and British citizens from diverse backgrounds, wondering whether they should be here at all.
“The Green Party believes the UK should be at the heart of the EU, with a prime seat at the decision-making table: not only to boost employment and workers’ rights, but to ensure we influence EU standards on air quality, its responses to climate change and that the UK has a voice on key decisions about how and where we get our energy from in future.”
USING plastic shopping bags could become a thing of the past after Euro-MPs agreed to Green proposals to end their use, which creates massive amounts of waste and litter – as well as posing a danger to wildlife and spoiling the environment.
MEPs agreed that new rules proposed by the European Commission didn’t go far enough, and called for mandatory targets to reduce bag use by 50% in three years and 80% over five, as well as requiring that shoppers pay for their bags.
Green Party MEP Jean Lambert said the rules would make a real difference in the capital.
“Parts of London have discarded shopping bags in trees as far as the eye can see – they are unsightly and dirty and present a real threat to wildlife,” she said.
“Any measures to dramatically cut their use are to be welcomed: they’ll massively benefit our environment by significantly reducing plastic waste, and quickly.
“We’ve see, in Ireland, for example, that where plastic shopping bags are taxed, and alternatives provided, their use drops off very quickly, and ambitious targets to reduce them can be achieved: putting a price on single-use bags is a proven and highly effective policy tool for reducing their excessive consumption.”
Green Party MEP Jean Lambert has urged George Osborne to use the budget to scrap the UK’s nuclear weapons programme – and use the estimated £100 bn – or £6.6m a day – of ongoing spending it would free up to reverse cuts to local councils, Legal Aid and benefits – and invest in education, the NHS, and job creation.
Ms Lambert said the use of the UK’s nuclear weapons would be illegal under international law, cause millions of deaths and unprecedented destruction to wildlife – and serve no useful diplomatic or foreign relations purpose.
She said the Trident programme, estimated to cost as much as £100 bn (1), was ‘a drain on resources‘.
“Just this month, for example, the Government ‘casually’ agreed to spend an extra £270m on repairing and refitting nuclear submarines making up the Trident system (2) – that’s more than five time the £50m in cuts from the Legal Aid budget,” she said.
“Cuts in public services – and public servants’ wages – aren’t inevitable: they are a policy choice.
“Greens believe the Government should make a different choice: starting with a commitmentto abandon its costly, pointless and dangerous nuclear weapons arsenal.”