Brexit must not be something our union simply watches from the side-lines. We have a unique role to play in protecting and advancing the interests of our members.
Unite is determined to defend our members’ jobs, pay, employment rights and conditions in order to secure a future for them and their families in post-Brexit Britain.
Government and employers must not be allowed to use Brexit as an excuse for cutting jobs, moving work away from the UK or attacking workers’ rights. We must unite to make sure that Brexit happens on our terms.
Unite is demanding a new industrial strategy, a plan which includes all our sectors, with decent jobs, fair pay and strong working rights at its heart.
Such a strategy must use every tool at the government’s disposal including: plugging the skills gap by supporting apprenticeships, use of public sector procurement to support manufacturing, removing barriers to reshoring jobs and direct support for our strategic industries such as steel and energy.
This should culminate in new infrastructure projects to create jobs and grow our economy. Such a strategy would make sure Britain retains the best of the EU, while putting trade union values at the centre of post-Brexit Britain.
Such an industrial strategy must be linked to securing tariff-free access to the Single Market and retaining all positive EU-based laws – from workers’ rights to environmental protections.
Taken together this is a strategy for retaining the best parts of the EU, while taking full advantage of any opportunities that arise from Brexit.
We must make sure our members’ voices are heard – in the workplace and in Parliament – to scrutinise the government’s plans, and show we will not accept a version of Brexit that threatens our members’ jobs and livelihoods.
Unite will be lobbying the governments of Westminster and the devolved countries to make sure our collective voice is heard.
The true power of our union is our strength in the workplace. We must organise to use this strength to protect our members from the impact of Brexit.
Discuss the impact of Brexit at your next union branch meeting and campaign for your employer to publicly pledge to retain all workers’ rights, standards and protections.