Wednesday, 25 May 2016

UNISON is campaigning to Remain in the EU

On 23 June the UK must make a decision. The referendum gives you the chance to decide whether to remain part of the European Union (EU) or whether to leave.

It is an important decision for the UK and our future. We know UNISON members will look carefully at all the issues before having their say, but we thought it was important to let you know UNISON’s view too.

We know the EU isn’t perfect - far from it - but we have looked in detail at all the evidence from both sides and have come to the view that our members’ interests are best served by remaining part of the European Union.

As your trade union, UNISON is here to protect your job your standard of living and the public services that we rely on every day. We believe that leaving the EU will make it harder for us to do that.

Protecting you at work

The regulations we rely on to protect you at work are enshrined in EU law and upheld by the European Court of Justice. Leaving would mean that hard won rights like paid holiday, fair working hours, equal rights for part-time workers and maternity and paternity leave would no longer be guaranteed.

Protecting your standard of living

Leaving the EU would put our standards of living at risk by creating economic uncertainty. This risks investment in jobs and damages consumer confidence. It also makes the pound vulnerable, which can push up prices and interest rates.

Protecting public services

We see every day how a weaker economy leads to cuts in public spending on everything, including the NHS, local services, policing and education. We can’t afford to risk any more cuts, especially as our public services are already under increasing pressure.

These are all issues we are asking UNISON members to consider before voting on 23 June.

Please make your voice heard on this important issue and use your vote.

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