Following last week’s EU Referendum vote, we wanted to put out a short statement to members.

First – this is obviously a period of great uncertainty, with potentially big implications for the HE sector, workers in general and non-UK nationals in particular.

Second – please do not panic! Whatever changes occur will not do so immediately. This is a process which will take years.

Third – ‘Don’t mourn – organise’! There may well be an attempt by a post-Brexit government to attack workers’ rights. Strong and organised unions can protect us in the workplace and campaign effectively outside it. If we unite and fight we can make a difference – so don’t despair.

Fourth – please show solidarity! These are particularly worrying times for non-UK nationals and migrant workers, who make up many of our members. We need more than ever to stick together and support each other, both in the workplace and outside.

Fifth and finally – join the union and ask your colleagues to join! The IWGB is utterly committed to fighting for better conditions for all, and especially concerned for the most vulnerable workers. The more we are, the stronger we are!

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please do not hesitate to get in touch with Catherine (, Danny ( or Henry (

Hasta la victoria siempre!