My warm thanks to the European Parliament’s Petitions Committee for its unanimous backing of our petition.
On behalf of ALLSI I made a broad appeal to the deputies – irrespective of their pro-european or eurosceptic views – to support the basic principle, that contracting workers, wherever they be and under whatever laws govern them – deserve to be paid their wages.
British deputy Jude Kirton-DARLING MEP (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats) received us in her office in the European Parliament before leading the Petitions Committee in an appeal to reject the European Commission’s call for the petition – one of the most longstanding petitions in the history of the EU – to be closed.
She stressed the importance of free movement – and said she found it unacceptable that a member state should think it can flout EU over mere budgetary concerns.
My thanks also Polish deputy Jarowslow WAŁĘSA MEP European People’s Party (Christian Democrats), who said that he had come to the meeting with the intention closing down the petition – but having heard our submissions and that of Commission lawyer – he changed his mind, saying, the Commission has clearly “not done its homework”.
Swedish deputy and Committee chair Cecilia WIKSTRÖM MEP (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) pushed the Commission to report back to the Petitions Committee “very soon”…. she stressed that she did not want to create a split between Commission and Parliament, but this case, she forcefully told the Commission “had gone far too far even for my calm Swedish iceberg attitude”.