Aerospace trade unions demand a Brexit deal that protects jobs and workers

IndustriAll Europe is calling for the UK to have continued access to the single market to protect aerospace jobs and workers.

The trade union federation, of which Unite is an affiliate, is also demanding continued UK membership to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) and the continued participation in joint R&D programmes, european works councils and social dialogue committees.

Ian Waddell, Chair of IndustriAll Europe aerospace network, said: “IndustriAll Europe’s aerospace network is determined to safeguard employment and the competitiveness of the European aerospace sector.

“The UK is a major pillar for this sector and provides more than 340,000 direct jobs while supporting many more.

“We cannot allow the UK government to use Brexit as an excuse for a race to the bottom to attract inward investment at the expense of workers’ wages and terms and conditions.

“Currently, many UK rights are derived from EU Directives and we are insisting that these rights are upheld.

“This position paper clearly outlines the key demands that we have as trade unionists to protect the European aerospace industry and in turn jobs both in the UK and across Europe. We will continue to fight for the best Brexit deal for workers.’’

IndustriAll Europe’s Brexit position paper for the aerospace sector can be found here.