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Northern Ireland political representatives must support a form of customs union to avoid a damaging hard border

North-South or East-West hard border unavoidable if UK does not retain a customs union arrangement with EU Given binding backstop already agreed, a vote against a customs union is a vote for a hard sea border between NI and GB … Continue reading

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Customs union exit poses a threat to thousands of Northern Ireland food and drink production workers

Shortfall of migrant workers threatens loss of production to locations elsewhere in Britain and Ireland One major border agri-food producer is already advancing plans for a continental production facility February 27th: Unite Regional Officer, Sean McKeever, said that the jobs … Continue reading

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Jackie Pollock takes over as head of Unite in Ireland

Precarious work, low pay and Brexit among challenges identified by new Regional Secretary Jackie Pollock has succeeded Jimmy Kelly as Unite Regional Secretary.  From Belfast, Jackie Pollock has been involved in trade unionism since the 1980s, and most recently served … Continue reading

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Restrictions on EU migration pose a direct threat to jobs in NI’s Agri-Food sector

Post-Brexit migration controls must reflect particular challenges facing food industry in Northern Ireland September 7th: Sean McKeever, Unite Regional Officer with responsibility for members in the agri-food sector responded to details of a leaked draft government paper on restricting EU … Continue reading

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Brexit band-aid will not secure jobs, living standards

Unite highlights impact of prolonged uncertainty on economy and workers Robust interventions needed North and South to foster confidence, protect jobs August 16th: In an initial response today (Wednesday) to the UK government’s paper proposing steps to mitigate the impact … Continue reading

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