Today Theresa May had a series of meeting with union leaders regarding Brexit.
Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite , TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady, Dave Prentis of Unison and Tim Roache of the GMB, held separate meetings with the PM and senior figures in the Goverment.
Yesterday Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unit stressed a no-deal Brexit would be “disastrous”.
After his meeting today (Thursday) with Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss Brexit, GMB General Secretary Tim Roache said:
“I’m afraid to say the Prime Minister today failed to give us the guarantees we need over protecting jobs and rights at work.
“The concerns from members and their employers are mounting by the day as the clock runs down, and yet the Prime Minister is still refusing to take her threat of no deal off the table.
“We can’t carry on like this. As this crisis worsens, pretending nothing has changed is simply not good enough.
“The current deal doesn’t cut it. It pleases no one. We need a permanent customs union, legally binding commitments to workers’ rights that can’t be ignored or ripped up by a future Tory Government and a policy agenda that tackles the reasons people voted to leave in the first place.
“I asked for an extension to Article 50 but sadly the Prime Minister did not agree.”
Frances O’Grady, head of the federation of trade unions known as the TUC, told Sky News: “The prime minister needs to give a sign of good faith that this isn’t just a one-off meeting.
“If she’s serious about listening to other voices and giving people a fair hearing, then she needs more time.
“And it’s better to have a good deal than a quick deal.
“I think she should take that threat of a catastrophic no deal off the table and seek more time.”