Brexit conference to look at jobs impact in east Midlands

Unite the union shop stewards from across all sectors of the east Midlands economy will be coming together on Tuesday 28 November to discuss Brexit and build an action plan to protect jobs in the region.

The one-day conference, hosted by Toyota at its Burnaston factory near Derby, comes amid warnings from Unite and businesses over the continued uncertainty surrounding the UK’s future trading relationship with Europe.

In addition to report backs from shop stewards on how Brexit is affecting workplaces, the conference will also hear from academics, industry figures and politicians in addition to Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Tony Burke.

Commenting Unite east Midlands regional secretary Annmarie Kilcline said: “The east Midlands is home to major employers and global companies that are a source for highly skilled jobs. It is firms like these that provide the bedrock for the east Midlands regional economy.

“If this is to remain the case, then it is essential that workers and businesses urgently get the certainty they need on Britain’s future relationship with Europe after Brexit.

“The government’s continuing uncertainty over Brexit risks manufacturers holding back on new investment which could ultimately harm jobs and livelihoods.

“This conference will be opportunity for Unite’s shop stewards, who are the eyes and ears of the east Midlands economy, to share information on how Brexit is impacting workplaces across the region and build an action plan for decent secure jobs.

“It will also be an opportunity to share information on any employers who are seeking to use the uncertainty around Brexit as an excuse to drive down pay, terms and conditions.”