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View Poll Results: What would you personally prefer to happen?
I want the UK to stay in an ever-closer union 49 23.11%
I want the UK to stay in a loosely connected EU 68 32.08%
I want the UK out because the EU is bad for the UK 22 10.38%
I want the UK out because the EU is a bad thing 23 10.85%
I want the UK out because this would be good for the rest of us 17 8.02%
I don't really care 33 15.57%
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Old 28.01.2020, 15:05
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This sounds like CH to me. The opposite of France. Which way will the independent UK more likely head?
Care to elaborate? I have no idea what this is supposed to mean.
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4 weeks paid holiday, 14 weeks paid maternity leave, no minimum wage plus what has already been mentioned with regard to redundancies.

I should add, that I think workers rights in Switzerland are sufficient and in the UK they go too far. Certainly when one gets into the minefield of employment tribunals in the UK.
Spoken by someone who has likely never worked in a field where, for example, union support is vital.

I think you might have a different view if, for example, you'd worked for a company for over 30 years to find, due to mismanagement/gov't cock ups etc you suddenly didn't have the pension you had been paying into.

They aren't a minefield.
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Old 28.01.2020, 15:07
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I didn't say the EU was puppet master, I said that the argument that the UK should keep tied to the EU due to Workers or Human rights is laughable. Plus, if you think workers rights in the UK are bad, then check out what they are in Switzerland!
Said this many times before...I was a trade union rep from 1994-2003 and part of a team that rolled out the 1998 EU Working Time Directive after a week long training course with the DTI to ensure we fully understood the implications, impact, etc.... We conducted training and information sessions with groups of staff from every level of the workforce, including upper management. We also conducted review sessions periodically after the implementation to check how people were adapting to the regulations, and the feedback was 100% positive, even from upper management who said they were better able to predict and plan workforce availability for overtime, etc. Other levels of satff commented on how it almost eliminated bullying to do overtime, and they felt more in control of their work life balance and commitments.

Before it's implementation, a fair amount of the union workload was dealing with grievances from people who were being bullied into working huge amounts of overtime with short shift changes, and it eliminated staff being forced into working 16 shifts without a 48hr break during promotional periods, which was too common in our workplace.

If you find the protection of workers' rights laughable, it says a lot about you.

'What has the working time directive ever done for us?'
https://www.farrer.co.uk/news-and-in...battleground/#

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This isn't the case in the UK. There's a token gesture of Universal Credit or whatever it is now but that's it.
Last week, I was read about a vulnerable adult, Errol Graham, who starved to death after his Universal Credit was wrongly stopped by the DWP.

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.co...-his-benefits/

Add to that, the 14 weeks average wait time for new disability benefit PIP claims, and you have a truly diabolical state of affairs, and that's without linking to the recent articles about a Tory MP claiming that food banks are a good way of dealing with child poverty.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-a8727296.html
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Old 28.01.2020, 15:18
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I think there is very much a sense if entitlement in CH... in the sense that folk have paid in and therefore expect it. AFAIK .
Whereas in the UK people expect benefits without ever paying anything into the system
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Old 28.01.2020, 15:21
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Spoken by someone who has likely never worked in a field where, for example, union support is vital.
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Yes those Unions did a lot of good at British Leyland & in the coal mines, so much so that the population voted in Mrs Thatcher who pretty much destroyed the unions & the UK has been a better more successful country ever since.
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Old 28.01.2020, 15:52
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Soon to be be same goes for the UK too!

And me moving the goal posts? You're the one that brought up a whole host of other countries to try and back your very weak argument. You seem to make a habit of accusing others of what consistently you do yourself!

And the EU is poor at striking trade deals. Another example is that which hasn't yet been struck with Mercosur despite it being under negotiation for TWENTY years! Why? Not because of the Amazon, but because EU farmers are concerned with the prospect of cheap Latin American food landing on the market shelves.

It’s easy espouse the virtues of being part of a MASSIVE trading bloc, but membership is equally as detrimental to striking trade deals because one country within the bloc is always held hostage to every another country agreeing to what's is requested. It's why the Canada trade deal was almost killed off by Wallonia. Acting as a single country allows allows freedom to act in self interest and concentrate on economic sectors that really matter to that country. It's why Switzerland has been more successful in negotiating trade deals than the EU, or why Chile, who have free trade agreements covering most of the GDP of the globe, are more successful than Mercosur.

It's senseless discussion anyhow, the UK leaves on Friday. The UK will strike an agreement with the EU because they have to. No agreement and that could be the catalyst that finally pushes Germany into recession, starts another Euro crisis and brings the whole house of cards tumbling down. They wouldn't be so dumb as to risk that would they?! Maybe they would? Who knows!
Your long fact-free diatribe does not contain anything to support your claim that the EU is poor at striking trade deals.
Unless you claim Mercosur is the gold standard of trade deals?

You claim "It's why Switzerland has been more successful in negotiating trade deals than the EU" this despite the fact that EU has 40 free trade deals while Switzerland has only 30.

I am glad you recognise this discussion you started is senseless, do try harder.
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Old 28.01.2020, 16:00
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Employee protection legislation or the extent of it has nothing to do with EU membership. France, for instance, would be the same semi-socialist state in or outside of EU.

The British didn't need to get out of EU in order to change this system.
It was certainly a factor in the public perception of Brussels though. I remember the furore at the time they were pushing the 'social chapter' through, confused as it was in many people's minds with the working time directive. It was seen as 'yet another' example of unnecessary interference by the EU, and represents much of the core anti-europe feelings still evident today.
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Old 28.01.2020, 16:07
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Yes those Unions did a lot of good at British Leyland & in the coal mines, so much so that the population voted in Mrs Thatcher who pretty much destroyed the unions & the UK has been a better more successful country ever since.
In your opinion.

I've belonged to a union for years. They do a lot of good.
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Old 28.01.2020, 18:07
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If you find the protection of workers' rights laughable, it says a lot about you.
I’ve never said that.
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Old 28.01.2020, 22:00
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I’ve never said that.
You most certainly gave that impression.
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Old 28.01.2020, 22:05
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I’ve never said that.
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...I said that the argument that the UK should keep tied to the EU due to Workers or Human rights is laughable.
https://www.englishforum.ch/internat...ml#post3141667

Never mind your short term memory deficit, being the kind, forgiving soul that I am, I'm buying you a gift. You even get to choose which of these you would like
https://shop.conservatives.com/colle...done-tea-towel
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Old 29.01.2020, 10:10
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So to mark the UK's forthcoming Best-Before date of 31st January, there is a 12 quid tea-towel on offer.

TWELVE QUID FOR A TEA-TOWEL??


I wonder how much merch they would have shifted if they'd brought out a commemorative bog-roll..?
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Old 29.01.2020, 10:19
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TWELVE QUID FOR A TEA-TOWEL?
I am sure in CH there are tea-towels on sale at similar or even higher prices!
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Old 29.01.2020, 10:41
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I am sure in CH there are tea-towels on sale at similar or even higher prices!
Yeah, but the Swiss would probably at least get it done on time.

Brexit tea-towels?

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Old 29.01.2020, 11:23
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I imagine the swivel-eyed right wingers baulk at the level of unemployment benefit paid out in Switzerland, though.
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It is an insurance, as most things in CH. Paid in by people themselves. The conditions for "pay out" are tough.
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The system exists and it works. Doesn't matter why or how or what. It exists.

The conditions for pay out are NOT tough.
You have no idea, clearly, about how tough it can be. If I had my time again, I wouldn't even sign on with them. I feel like I lost two years of my life, unable to move on, unable even to retrain in another software (they would neither pay for it nor even let me have time off to do so myself as an unpaid "internship", not understanding how relevant it might be), unable to just relax and enjoy a stress-free life.
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Old 29.01.2020, 11:38
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You have no idea, clearly, about how tough it can be. If I had my time again, I wouldn't even sign on with them. I feel like I lost two years of my life, unable to move on, unable even to retrain in another software (they would neither pay for it nor even let me have time off to do so myself as an unpaid "internship", not understanding how relevant it might be), unable to just relax and enjoy a stress-free life.
I've been under the RAV 3 times during my years here and, for the most part, no more than 3-4 months each time before I found another job so I do have at least an inkling of the system.

I know that they don't allow people to divert from the career they signed on with and I guess this also applies to people who want to retrain even within their industry (otherwise, where do they draw the line on retraining?).

In my experience, as long as you are applying for the requisite number of positions and are immediately available to go for interview and then start the job, then you are fulfilling the criteria. Taking a chunk of time out to do a course whilst you're under the RAV is, understandably, not allowed.

Of course it has it's faults - which unemployment benefit system is perfect?
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You have no idea, clearly, about how tough it can be. If I had my time again, I wouldn't even sign on with them. I feel like I lost two years of my life, unable to move on, unable even to retrain in another software (they would neither pay for it nor even let me have time off to do so myself as an unpaid "internship", not understanding how relevant it might be), unable to just relax and enjoy a stress-free life.
I don't believe the burden of "working" for the RAV is all that intense - 10 to 12 job applications a month and they pay you a pretty generous "wage" for this.

There was nothing stopping you retraining in your own time - plenty of people take distance learning courses for all kinds of things, even whilst in full employment.
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You have no idea, clearly, about how tough it can be. If I had my time again, I wouldn't even sign on with them. I feel like I lost two years of my life, unable to move on, unable even to retrain in another software (they would neither pay for it nor even let me have time off to do so myself as an unpaid "internship", not understanding how relevant it might be), unable to just relax and enjoy a stress-free life.
The mentality is that you do the retraining on your own money and time. You find a solution.
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RAV does some (limited) help to find you a new job, but they're really just good in some areas (the more classical jobs, where it's more like "one fits all") while in others its really up to you. In short, the higher a job pays the more you have to find it, and RAV can help less. And if you want to change field entirely (absolutely normal and nothing wrong with that), guess what, it's up to you again.
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https://britishineurope.org/

I appreciate that this site may have been pointed to or posted previously, sorry for the repetition if it has been, but for those who have not come across it hitherto it may be of interest.

They are currently sending out more information than usual, in the form of E-newsletters and guides, concerning Brexit and the consequences for British citizens abroad.
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