(9 November 2016) After a robust discussion the EPSU Executive Committee today adopted a position on Brexit, as part of an ongoing response to the referendum of the 23rd of June, when the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU).
EPSU, together with our British affiliates, argued for the UK to remain part of the EU. We believe that together we are stronger in defending and promoting our interests. Nevertheless, we respect the outcome of the referendum.
The position firmly states that workers must not pay the price of the UK’s vote to leave. EPSU fully supports the UK trade unions in their demand that employment rights be guaranteed after the UK exits. Furthermore, we add our voices to growing calls, led by the trade unions, that EU Citizens be given right to remain in the UK. This should equally apply for UK citizens in the rest of the EU.
EPSU will fight to protect and improve employment rights for all workers across Europe. The trade union federation expects multinational companies to live up to the information and consultation rights granted to EU workers and to commit to these rights for their UK workforce as part of European Works Councils (EWCs).
In the light of the Brexit vote, EPSU will intensify its work activities with the ETUC, social movements and others for a more democratic and a different Europe that reflects the interests of working people.
For the full version of the EPSU statement on Brexit, see below (EN - FR - DE - ES - SV - RU)