It's wrong – and dangerous for the economy – for the government to keep these workers and their families in limbo says GMB.
GMB has called on the UK government to put an end to the uncertainty faced by European workers living in the UK following the result of the EU referendum vote on Thursday, 23rd of June 2016.
The UK government has so far refused to guarantee the rights of EU nationals living and working in the UK, a position that has been criticised by a number of MPs. In an open letter business groups including the British Chambers of Commerce, CBI and the Federation of Small Business raised concerns about the impact of the referendum result on EU nationals.
Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said "Thousands of working people from across the EU have built lives here. Their kids were born and go to school here. Many of our public services rely on EU workers to function. It's wrong – and dangerous for the economy – for the government to keep these workers and their families in limbo.
We call for immediate action from both government and business to tackle the rise in hate crime and racism, to tackle the issue of undercutting and the exploitation of migrant workers which drives a wedge in so many communities, to
guarantee that employers pay the rate for the job ensuring equal pay for equal work, and to give assurances to thousands of people that their homes and livelihoods aren't at risk."
GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691