I do support free trade, and I don’t think strikes are a good way of resolving disputes. Yet I do take my hat off the strikers this morning who highlighted the manifest injustice of EU law, and have won the concessions of some jobs for locals.
It shows the foolishness of making these laws at EU level where it so difficult to get them right, and even more difficult to get them changed when they manifestly are not working. I do not accept that those of us who want the law changed are anti free trade and competition. We are asking that local people should have the chance to compete for the work, so we are the free traders. If locals have the skills and want to do the jobs, why should they be prevented?
The government should promise to use its much advertised “influence” in Brussels to get this law amended. If they don’t we will have to conclude they don’t have influence after all.