Employment rights should be centre stage as Great Repeal Bill launched, says UNISON

Commenting on the publication of the Bill today (Thursday) that will see the transfer of European laws onto the the UK statute book, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The clock is ticking towards an uncertain future for anyone at work. Until now many of the laws that protect employees from unfair or unsafe treatment at the […]

Blog: These negotiations will define the future of our country for generations

There is a great deal on the line, and these negotiations will define the future of our country for generations. Yet we still know far too little about what the government’s red lines are – and whether ministers plan on selling the British people down the river.

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Blog: I dream in English – a German member’s thoughts on Brexit

‘Mostly, I speak and think and dream in English; you could say that I am English even in my sleep’

Voices from Europe: UNISON's EU migrant members

Lords back EU migrants’ right to remain

Setback for government’s ‘repugnant’ use of EU migrants as Brexit bargaining chips

UNISON members who are citizens of other EU countries line up on Parliament Square, Westminster, with #Righttostay placards

‘People are not bargaining chips’

Hundreds of UNISON members and fellow EU citizens lobby Parliament to guarantee their right to stay in the country

European citizens to lobby MPs over right to remain in UK post-Brexit

Nurses, social workers and teaching assistants will be among EU citizens who will today (Monday) lobby MPs over their right to remain in the UK. The lobby is aimed at urging the government to guarantee immediately that these citizens will be able to stay post-Brexit. There are more than three million EU citizens living in […]

No mention of equality in Brexit white paper is “shocking and shameful”

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has described the government’s failure to mention equalities in the Brexit white paper as shocking and shameful at its annual women’s conference today (Thursday). Around 750 delegates are debating a range of equalities motions involving women in work at the event. Addressing the conference, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: […]

EU migrant members speak up for right to remain

UNISON is supporting a day of lobbying and celebration in defence of its EU migrant members

Brexit white paper leaves us no clearer, says UNISON

Commenting on the white paper published today (Thursday) setting out the government’s Brexit plans, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “We might now have a white paper, but we’re still no clearer as to what a future outside Europe means for the employment rights that protect people at work, or for European citizens working here. […]

It’s down to Parliament to ensure Brexit is in the interests of ordinary people, says UNISON

Commenting on today’s Article 50 ruling by the Supreme Court, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government has been thwarted in its plans to rush the UK into a hard Brexit. It’s now down to Parliament to ensure that the interests of ordinary people and their need for decent public services are at the […]

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Migration, mental health and Black members

Busy morning looks at impact of Brexit, mental health issues, immigration and austerity, London mayoral election and Black representation

Blog: Brexit negotiations need clarity, honesty and openness

No-one voted to leave the EU to weaken their rights at work. Few want to tear apart the families of those who have made their lives here. And everyone would, I hope, want to see a thriving British economy with well-funded public services in the years ahead.

Brexit must mean real investment in public services says UNISON

Responding to Theresa May’s speech on Brexit, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “People know we’re leaving Europe, but are worried about what Brexit means. “The Prime Minister says she wants to reassure people working in our public services and will protect employment rights that started out in Europe – but without the detail many […]

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Blog: The fight for our rights that lies ahead

In the long run, employees in the UK could find themselves with less control over their working lives than their EU counterparts. And British rights could go from being enshrined in EU law, to being abolished at the whim of a Secretary of State through “statutory instruments”. That would see working people losing control, rather than taking it.

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Right to paid holidays and parental leave under threat after Brexit, says UNISON

UNISON is backing a campaign launched today (Wednesday) to prevent employment rights enjoyed by millions from being scrapped after Brexit. The union is supporting a new bill that aims to ensure protection for employees that has been introduced by the European Union (EU) – and enshrined in British law­ – is not watered down once […]