UNISON Cymru/Wales on the vote to leave the EU

Commenting on the news that the UK has voted to leave the EU, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis, said

“The people have spoken, and they have made a clear call for change – and a different relationship with Europe.

“We will be working in the coming weeks and months to hold the leave campaigners to the promises they’ve made – that there will be more money for the NHS, and that our rights at work will remain intact.

“But this also has to be a time for our country to heal. At its best the campaign has enabled genuine debate and discussion in our homes, workplaces and communities about the future of the economy and the kind of country we want to live in.

“At its worst, the campaign has been typified by hatred, vitriol and misinformation that have done a huge disservice to our democracy and values.

“Over the coming weeks and months, all political leaders must think about how to address the issues that people in our communities care most about – falling incomes, insecure jobs, unaffordable housing and the huge challenges facing our public services after more than half a decade of cuts. “

Margaret Thomas UNISON Cymru/Wales Regional Secretary pledged the union would do all it possibly could to protect members working conditions’ at a time of great uncertainty:

“Now more than ever, as our political and economic future is completely unknown and people feel insecure at work, it is essential to be a member of a trade union and have that protection and defence of your employment conditions. UNISON Cymru/Wales will continue to make the case for maximum investment to deliver world class public services we can be proud of.

“At this time, it is very important to continue to make the case for a compassionate, outward-looking Wales that welcomes and cares for refugees seeking asylum. We celebrate a multi-cultural Wales, particularly at work in our health services. We should remember too, in the words of Jo Cox MP, we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things which divide us.”