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TUC: Why David Cameron’s attempt to restrict in-work benefits for migrants misses the point

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Mother and baby

TUC has criticized UK Government’s renegotiation deal with the European Union (EU) which includes proposals to allow the UK to restrict in-work benefits for migrants.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said the EU renegotiation deal sought by Prime Minister David Cameron was still missing the point.

“Tinkering with benefits for poorly-paid migrant workers won’t address the real challenge of ensuring that everyone who works gets a fair day’s pay,” Ms O’Grady said. “It’s understandable for people to worry about the impact of migration on their communities. But instead of blaming migrant workers the Prime Minister should deal with the root problems, like bad bosses who use migrants to undercut other workers. And corporations who don’t pay their fair share in tax to fund our public services should be dealt with too.”

Ms O’Grady urged Mr Cameron to listen to trade unions and stop trying to negotiate away workers’ rights.

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