Union warns employers not to target foreign workers

Union warns employers not to target foreign workers

06 October 2016

Unite Scotland has warned employers that they don’t have a green light to start attacking the jobs, pay and conditions of foreign workers in Scotland. 

It follows announcements at the Conservative Party conference that companies may be forced to keep lists of all their workers from abroad.

Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “At the heart of the trade union movement is the idea of solidarity between workers. Unite is proud to represent workers of all different backgrounds who have made Scotland their home.

“We are extremely concerned at the idea of forcing employers to maintain lists of workers who are not UK nationals. Every worker in Scotland has the same rights, and we will stand firm against any attempt to undermine collective agreements by trying to divide certain groups of workers from their colleagues. 

“As a union, we have a proud record of standing united and strong against discrimination of any kind in Scottish society. We completely reject the dangerous rhetoric of division put forward at the Conservative Party conference.”


Notes to editors

For more information contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 /

Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.