Strasbourg Round Up March 2016: New Proposals Voted In


Every month, Labour MEPs debate the big issues and vote on new legislation and proposals in Strasbourg. This Strasbourg session has been another busy one for Labour MEPs. We've voted for a range of proposals, from new rules to help fight resistance to antibiotics to the use of EU funding to give schoolchildren free milk. 


New proposals on posted workers' are welcome, but more needs to be done to close loopholes

Labour MEPs have welcomed proposals for pay equality between posted workers and locals, but we want more to be done to close loopholes and create a truly fair system.

The proposed changes would mean that workers from one EU country posted to work in another must be legally entitled the same pay as local host country workers, rather than only to the host country's minimum wage. Labour MEPs have long campaigned for this.


Labour MEPs vote against the EU Port Services Regulation

Labour MEPs have voted to reject the European Commission's third proposal for an EU Port Services Regulation because it contains few tangible benefits for the ports sector, its workers or the environment.

There have been widespread protests against the proposals by dock workers, as they offer very few benefits for workers. We were particularly concerned about provisions regarding the right to strike, which could have left trade unions open to additional legal challenges.


Labour MEPs back EU scheme that delivers milk for UK schoolchildren

Children across Europe will eat and drink more healthily thanks to a vote in the European Parliament on new legislation which will give EU countries the option to use EU funds to distribute fruit, vegetables and milk in schools.

Labour MEPs hope the changes will help promote healthy eating habits and local food.


Labour MEPs vote for EU ban on antibiotic use that hampers fight against antimicrobial resistance

Labour MEPs have voted to ban the routine use antibiotics on healthy animals to help fight antimicrobial resistance. We believe that these medicines should never be used as an alternative to maintaining good standards of animal welfare.

Labour MEPs are also strongly opposed to compromising public health in the interest of profits of industrial farming enterprises.

Tory and UKIP MEPs tried to block the new rules, but they were unsuccessful.


MEPs back Labour report calling for EU asylum policies to be more gender sensitive

The European Parliament voted for my Labour colleague, and MEP for London, Mary Honeyball's report calling for urgent action to ensure EU asylum policies protect vulnerable women and children.

Recommendations include childcare during screening and asylum interviews; trauma counselling for women who have experienced gender-based violence; legal assistance for women in reception centres; and an end to the detention of children, pregnant women and rape victims.

The vote took place on International Women's Day, and both UKIP and the Tories chose to vote against it.


Labour MEPs vote for new animal health law

Labour MEPs voted to support proposals to help EU countries tackle transmissible animal diseases, boost animal welfare levels and improve treatment of stray animals.

Conservative and UKIP MEPs voted against the proposal, and yet again failed to stand up for animal welfare. Luckily they were once again unsuccessful in blocking progressive legislation. 


Glenis Willmott.

Labour MEP for the East Midlands

Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party

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