UNISON is launching a dedicated network to support the more than 67,000 members and their families who are EU citizens from outside the UK, in the wake of the referendum vote to leave the EU.
The right of these members to live and work in the UK currently depends upon the country’s EU membership.
UNISON has already held meetings and an internet seminar with its EU members and other migrants, to start identifying some of the issues they face.
The union has heard how many people have put down roots in the UK, with homes, family and children at school. But many no longer feel welcome and face an uncertain future.
“It’s important, now more than ever, that we demonstrate the strength of our trade union to support EU migrant public service workers,” said Mr Prentis.
“UNISON believes that migrants who come to this country should be allowed to remain on the basis of the rules in place when they arrive – and not find, as has happened far too frequently and with the Brexit decision, that the rules change once they are here.”
The union will be producing information for members from the EU and their families to reassure them of their rights in this country.
A booklet, which the union has commissioned from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, will be launched online in September.
And a UNISON EU network roadshow will be touring the regions in the autumn, when the union will be listening to the concerns of members and talking about how it can campaign for the right to remain.
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