Setback for government’s ‘repugnant’ use of EU migrants as Brexit bargaining chips
Hundreds of UNISON members and fellow EU citizens lobby Parliament to guarantee their right to stay in the country
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 […]
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: […]
UNISON is supporting a day of lobbying and celebration in defence of its EU migrant members
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. […]
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 […]
Busy morning looks at impact of Brexit, mental health issues, immigration and austerity, London mayoral election and Black representation
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
UNISON members who are EU citizens gathered to share their experiences since June’s referendum and their concerns about what happens next
Workplace rights was at the heart of UNISON’s campaign to keep Britain in the EU. We may have lost that argument, but our concerns remain. Before the referendum UNISON members told us that rights at work were their top priority – and in the aftermath, preserving those rights has been one of our top priorities.
General secretary will urge the government to consult trade unions throughout negotiations to leave the European Union when he meets cabinet minister David Davis