The public service union believes that public sector workers and those they support will be better of in
UNISON, the UK’s second-largest trade union, has announced that it will campaign for the UK to remain in the EU, and will encourage its 1.3 million members to vote Remain.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the union’s governing National Executive Council, following a six-week consultation with members and branches. UNISON reports that approximately 60,000 members took part in its survey. Of the 78 per cent who believe the union should take a position, 95 per cent believed that it should campaign for the UK to stay in the EU.
UNISON’s campaign will focus on the workplace rights guaranteed by the EU.
David Prentis, UNISON general secretary, commented:
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“Europe isn’t perfect, but on balance staying in the EU has so much more to offer nurses, teaching assistants, town hall staff and other public servants than an uncertain future where the UK goes it alone.
“Brexit fears have just seen the UK’s growth forecast downgraded. NHS, local government, school and police employees bore the brunt of the last economic downturn, and are still paying the price. The last thing anyone wants is another recession where jobs, living standards and public services are back on the line.”