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  The prime minister is being urged to guarantee right to remain for EU migrants in Britain. Photo credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA on The Guardian's website.

TUC and businesses urge Theresa May to act on rights of migrants

Article in The Guardian
18 December, 2016

“British business and the trade union movement have made an unprecedented joint demand to Theresa May to guarantee immediately the rights of European Union migrants to remain in the UK, warning that further uncertainty will inflict serious damage on the British economy.

In a strongly worded letter to the prime minister, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), representing companies with a combined workforce of 5 million employees, and the TUC say that more delays will be bad for business, families, local communities, and public services, such as the NHS.”

Hopefully, the business community will wake up and help actively fight nationalist populist migration policies. They know how mobility and diversity are good for creativity and productivity. They want mobility and diversity in their boardrooms as well as in their work force, and see them as preconditions for a business-friendly economic, political and social environment. Even if taking a stand might mean involving themselves with politics (something they don’t do easily, at least not overtly), their bottom line is at stake and they are in a position to convince governments to change course. An alliance between business and unions would mean a powerful voice.

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