To all EPS members
16th September 2019
The Effects of Brexit on RMT members
Following a report from the Lead Officer for Eurostar, I am writing in relation to the effects of Brexit on RMT members.
In Britain, the working class is international within the confines of one country and RMT has consistently defended the rights of all workers in Britain regardless of their country of origin.
RMT supports the Right to Remain for EU citizens living in Britain, on the simple basis that all progressive individuals and organisations must ensure that migrant workers are treated equally and enjoy equal rights to every other worker in the country once they arrive here.
Whatever the future brings in relation to UK Government immigration and settlement policy, RMT is determined that our members should never again face uncertainty about their status and we will campaign to ensure that those rights are respected.
We will continue to work for improved living standards for migrant workers as part of both the wider workforce and the RMT family in addition to continuing our long history of working for solidarity amongst all workers by campaigning against xenophobia and the so-called hostile environment.
We will not allow division to develop in our workplaces or in our Union, and every member regardless of background or origin will continue to enjoy full equal rights within our Union.
EU citizens work across the transport and offshore energy sectors, with significant levels of participation in particular companies such as Eurostar and also in the short sea ferry sector.
Let there be no mistake, any attempt to create antagonism in your workplace, by employers, passengers or colleagues, based on nationality will be fought head on by your Union.