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National message on Article 50

National Unison has delivered a message in light of the recent triggering of Article 50 on March 29th. The Article starts the process of Britain leaving the EU which is supposed to last for two years , although many analysts think it will take longer.

The message from national Unison is:

"Article 50 has been triggered, and the formal process of leaving the EU is beginning.

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.

By contrast, UNISON’s position on Brexit is clear and unshakeable. 

  • Our rights at work, many of which are enshrined in EU law, must be protected and guaranteed.
  • Likewise, we want to see the right to remain for EU nationals – including 67,000 UNISON members – as a starting point in negotiations with the rest of Europe. 
  • And leaving the EU cannot be used as an excuse to further decimate our public services, which are already suffering from relentless spending cuts."

 

There are fears that once the EU laws are made in to UK laws via the forthcoming Great Repeal Bill, some right wing Tories will campaign to tear up EU workers rights or water them down.

Meanwhile Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn made the Prime Minister very aware in Parliament that Labour wouldn't stand by and watch workers rights be further diminished in the Brexit talks. He stated that the Labour party  would "back" Mrs May if she meets his party's tests on the Brexit deal.  These include protection for workers' rights.

 

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