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Since the 2016 EU referendum, we have been campaigning to protect the rights of EU citizens living and working in the UK.

We have done this through:

  • lobbies of parliament;
  • working with other campaign groups;
  • and organising and supporting members to get active in their branch, workplace and community.

Though we have been calling on the government to agree to the rights of over three million Europeans who live in the UK, regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, they have instead introduced a new immigration category called ‘Settled Status’.

We are closely monitoring the Home Office proposal for the new  registration process while continuing to demand that the rights of EU citizens are ring-fenced and guaranteed in law with proper parliamentary oversight.

If you’re an EU citizen currently living and working in the UK at the moment, please note that your rights have not changed yet. EU citizens should be free from discrimination and xenophobia in the workplace and outside it.

What You Can Do:



Employers encouraged to pay EU workers’ ‘settled status’ fees

UNISON publishes new guidance for branches, and a model letter to public-service employers, as pilot scheme is rolled out across the UK in November, based on employment

‘We can’t sleepwalk into another Windrush’

MPs voice cross-party support for protecting the rights of all five million EU and UK citizens threatened by Brexit

UNISON members set for final lobby over their Brexit future

Union calls for citizens’ rights to be ‘written in stone’ – whatever happens to Brexit negotiations

September – and we are on song!

Health pay, local government cuts, outsourcing, Brexit…. new term, same curriculum

UNISON spells out settled status for its EU members

The union introduces new guidance documents and web pages dedicated to Brexit