In the wake of the vote to leave the European Union, the Unite Manufacturing Combine has launched a new strategy which sets out the concerns and priorities of Unite members across the union's manufacturing sectors. The strategy draws on the experience of Unite members to examine the potential impact of Brexit on manufacturing including; the threat to inward investment, the future of the UK-EU supply chain, access to European research funding, and the future of European works councils.
The strategy poses four immediate demands to the government:
- Single market: Ensure tariff-free access to the single market is a central objective in the upcoming negotiations
- Article 50: A vote in parliament before Article 50 is triggered
- Workers’ rights: Unite will accept no diminution of workers’ rights currently underpinned by the European Union.
- Workers’ voice: Trade union and industry voices must be consulted in Brexit negotiations. The Tories have no mandate to negotiate alone.
Full details can be found at Unite the Union's website.