Please make your voice heard on this important issue and use your vote on 23 June to Remain in the EU.

 

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Polls open till 10pm on Thursday 23 June. You don’t need a polling card to vote.

Find out more: BBC – How and where to vote

The referendum gives us all the chance to decide whether to remain part of the European Union (EU) or whether to leave.
It is an important decision for the UK and our future. UNISON knows the EU isn’t perfect – far from it – but we have looked in detail at all the evidence from both sides and have come to the view that our members’ interests are best served by remaining part of the European Union.

As your trade union, UNISON is here to protect your job, your standard of living, and the public services that we rely on every day. We believe that leaving the EU will make it harder for us to do that.

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If you are away from home on 23 June (say, at UNISON’s national delegate conference), then don’t forget to sign up for a postal vote (by 5pm on 8 June) or a proxy vote by (5pm on 15 June to) make sure your voice is heard.

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Events

Support EU citizens’ right to remain day of action

13 September 2017 3:00pm–7:00pm

Palace of Westminster London SW1A 0AA

On 13 September, UNISON members will join a lobby of parliament to speak up for the rights of EU nationals. UNISON believes that EU citizens currently living in the UK make a major contribution to society and should be allowed to stay here after the UK leaves the EU. We are calling on the government […]

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UNISON's view on the EU

Protecting you at work

The regulations we rely on to protect you at work are enshrined in EU law and upheld by the European Court of Justice. Leaving would mean that hard won rights like paid holiday, fair working hours, equal rights for part-time workers and maternity and paternity leave would no longer be guaranteed.

Protecting your standard of living

Leaving the EU would put our standards of living at risk by creating economic uncertainty. This risks investment in jobs and damages consumer confidence. It also makes the pound vulnerable, which can push up prices and interest rates.

Protecting public services

We see every day how a weaker economy leads to cuts in public spending on everything, including the NHS, local services, policing and education. We can’t afford to risk any more cuts, especially as our public services are already under increasing pressure.

Factsheets

Your rights at work
How are your employment protected by the EU, and would leaving make a difference?

The EU and public services
How are public services affected, and what about TTIP?

Jobs and the UK economy
What are the benefits to the economy of the UK remaining in the EU?

The NHS
Would leaving the EU increase spending on the NHS or protect it from privatisation?

FAQs

FAQs

  • Would leaving the EU increase spending on the NHS or protect it from privatisation?

    Every day we see how a weaker economy has led to cuts in public spending, with a severe impact on public services such as the NHS. The economic damage caused by Brexit would hit tax revenue, wiping out at a stroke any saving the UK made from not paying into EU budget. So there would be less money for the NHS, not more.

    UNISON has been an outspoken critic of TTIP from the beginning, including its potential impact on the NHS. However, outside the EU the UK would simply face the prospect of even worse trade deals, with much less voice to influence them. In many ways the real danger in TTIP comes from the way our own government has chosen to approach it.

    Read more: The NHS

     

  • Are there any benefits from the EU on jobs and the UK economy?

    If we vote to leave the EU the Treasury has estimated the average loss to each household will be £4,300 a year. But the losses go further than just our own pockets. The poorest regions of the UK will lose access to the EU Structural Funds which created more than 50,000 jobs between 2007 and 2013. We will also lose access to other forms of funding, including the European Investment Bank which has funded important UK projects, including £350million for the construction of new social housing across the UK. Over three million jobs are currently linked to our membership of the EU.

    Read more Jobs and the UK economy

  • How are public services affected by the EU, and what about TTIP?

    Our membership of the EU secures jobs, investment and growth that generate the money the government spends on public services like schools, hospitals and the police. More than half our trade (over £220billion a year) is with the countries of the EU. Leaving the EU could mean a risk of less money for public services.

    UNISON has been an outspoken critic of TTIP from the beginning, including its potential impact on the NHS. However, outside the EU the UK would simply face the prospect of even worse trade deals, with much less voice to influence them. In many ways the real danger in TTIP comes from the way our own government has chosen to approach it.

    Read more: The EU and public services

  • How are my rights are work affected by the EU?

    The EU regulates the majority of your rights at work, such as maternity leave and holiday pay, through EU legislation that the UK government then passes into law. These employment rights help UNISON to protect members at work and are enshrined in EU law and upheld by the European Court of Justice. Without the EU, workers would be vulnerable to each new government deciding what workers rights they want to give to or take away from working people.

    Read more: Your rights at work

  • What about TTIP?

    A lot of members have asked us ‘What about TTIP?’ – the EU/US trade deal that unions have been campaigning to change. Leaving the EU won’t protect us from TTIP. If the UK left the EU it would have to negotiate new trade agreements. Other European countries and the European Parliament want to protect public services. We know the Tories want more privatisation. Neither will the Conservatives be restrained by EU labour and environmental legislations, as they currently are. A UK-US trade agreement would be likely to be far worse even than TTIP. Find out more about UNISON’s TTIP campaign

  • Were UNISON members consulted on the union’s position?

    UNISON members were invited to join a six-week consultation via their branches. Around 60,000 members took part. In the consultative survey, almost four in five (78%) of UNISON’s health, local government, education, energy and police branches wanted the union to take a stance in the EU referendum. Of these, the overwhelming majority (95%) wanted UNISON to campaign for the UK to stay in Europe.

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