Unions warn that workers face a £38 a week wage cut if Britain leaves EU

Frances OGrady

Frances OGrady

“At a time of continuing hardship, Brexit would be a disaster for working people – for our wages, for our jobs and for our rights”

Workers face a £38-a-week wage cut if Britain quits the EU, unions warns today.

A TUC report says manufacturing will slump into “steep decline” – hitting jobs as well as pay.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady will outline the negative impact of Brexit on wages, jobs and workers’ rights when she launches the its latest drive to persuade people to vote to Remain in the 28-nation bloc on June 23.

Ms O’Grady said: “To date, the debate about our membership of the EU has been dominated by business.

“But today I want to change the tone and set out why working people should vote to Remain.

“At a time of continuing hardship, Brexit would be a disaster for working people – for our wages, for our jobs and for our rights.

“£38 a week may not be much for politicians like Boris Johnson, but for millions of workers, it’s the difference between heating or eating, between struggling or saving, and between getting by or getting on.”

The TUC research found that by 2030 the average weekly wage in Britain would be £38 lower outside the EU than if the UK stays In.

The manufacturing sector would be hit seven times harder than services because it exports so much to the EU, adds the report.

Jobs in manufacturing tend to be higher-skilled, better paid and more secure than he services sector, so Brexit would worsen the quality of work in the UK, the TUC claims.

Shadow Business Secretary Angela Eagle said: “Britain’s membership of the EU is vital for wages, jobs and rights at work too.

“As this important report shows, leaving the EU would hit working people hard, prolonging the squeeze on wages.

“It would also be a devastating blow to our manufacturing sector, which depends on access to the largest single market in the world.

“The EU is good for businesses and good for working people too. That’s why Labour is campaigning hard to remain.”