FDA calls for workers to be given a voice in Brexit negotiations

The FDA has joined up with Prospect union, the Royal College of Midwives, Equity union and the Professional Footballers Association to sign an open letter calling for unions to be involved in Brexit negotiations.

The letter, published by Unions 21, is in response to calls from the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) to establish a 'Business Brexit Taskforce'. The FDA agrees that Brexit negotiations must be informed by those with daily practical insight into the needs and potential of the British economy and its key industries, but argues that the voice of workers must not be forgotten.

Additionally, the letter calls on the new Government to invest in the skills and capacity of those working to deliver a successful Britain outside of the European Union, as Britain needs a strong civil service to prepare for Brexit and beyond.

The letter reads: "Our unions represent skilled professionals in critical areas from energy and entertainment, to healthcare and specialists working in the civil service itself. Working at the cutting edge of innovation and technological development in an increasingly interconnected world, their insight into the challenges and opportunities Brexit presents will be vital in the period ahead. Our organisations have valuable insight and experience around standards, regulation, skills and services which could be at risk if detailed consideration is not available.

"So alongside the CBI's proposal for a 'Business Brexit Taskforce', the next Government needs a plan to consult and involve employees and their representatives as well as investing in the skills and capacity of those working to deliver a successful Britain outside of the European Union.

"The CBI is right that these negotiations are too important to "wing it". But if the workers' voices are lost, both Government and business will be flying blind."

The letter can be read in full here on the Unions 21 website.