Responding to the speech today (Thursday 14 April) by the leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn, the head of the UK's biggest union, Unite, said that voters could put their trust in Corbyn's view of Europe.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey commented:
"Ordinary people heard today from someone they can trust to be absolutely on their side on the EU debate.
"Jeremy Corbyn is no European Union cheerleader, but someone who has given a great deal of thought to this country's place in Europe and concluded that when it comes to the issues that really matter to the lives of the UK's people - jobs, investment, peace and security - remaining a fully engaged member of the EU is our most progressive option.
"He is, of course, bang on the money to say that not all in the garden is rosy. People want a Europe that puts their interests first. Reform is essential.
"But he is also absolutely right that it is our home-grown government and its austerity addiction that is causing so many of the troubles today inflicted on our communities - insecure work, falling wages, a housing crisis and the twin threats to our NHS of slashed resources and this government’s refusal to carve-out the NHS from the monster trade deal TTIP in order to protect it from privatisation.
"Outside of the EU, we will be at the mercy of a right-wing Conservative government determined to push that agenda still further. Even to those who feel let down by the EU, it is abundantly clear that only by staying in the EU will UK working people have any protection against the determined Conservative assault on our rights and living standards.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.