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Prentis speaks on the EU result.

National UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis has issued a statement about the result of the EU Referendum. National UNISON had campaigned to Remain in the EU and sent letters to members to state its' position. His statement reads:

The people have spoken, and they have made a clear call for change – and a different relationship with Europe.

We will be working in the coming weeks and months to hold the leave campaigners to the promises they’ve made – that there will be more money for the NHS, and that our rights at work will remain intact.

But this also has to be a time for our country to heal. At its best the campaign has enabled genuine debate and discussion in our homes, workplaces and communities about the future of the economy and the kind of country we want to live in.

At its worst, the campaign has been typified by hatred, vitriol and misinformation that have done a huge disservice to our democracy and values.

Over the coming weeks and months, all political leaders must think about how to address the issues that people in our communities care most about – falling incomes, insecure jobs, unaffordable housing and the huge challenges facing our public services after more than half a decade of cuts.

Meanwhile the BBC reports. that Business Secretary Sajid Javid is meeting business leaders today (28/6/16) to discuss the fallout from the Brexit vote.

Trade unions, however, will not be there after they say the government told them their attendance was "unwarranted".

Frances O'Grady, head of the Trade Union Congress, said: "Ministers should be working with us to ensure that working people do not pay [the] price of leaving the European Union."

The Business Department said Mr Javid had a call scheduled with Ms O'Grady this afternoon and would continue to work with the unions.

Jeremy Corbyn has also spoken pout about the need to keep worker's rights in place after the "leave" result.

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