The NASUWT – the teachers Union, with Unite – the Union, has formed an historic partnership between unions in Gibraltar and Spain to form the Southern inter-regional trade union (IRTUC).


This new initiative will ensure, that following the Brexit vote, the voice of Gibraltar’s teachers and other workers will be heard and their interests protected.


The people of Gibraltar are facing a period of deep concern and uncertainty and the NASUWT, as the only union representing teachers and school leaders in Gibraltar, will continue to provide full support to protect the interests of members.


The IRTUC aims to promote inter-regional cooperation, ensure the border is kept open with Spain and to tackle economic and social issues on Gibraltar.


Its members are the NASUWT / Gibraltar Teachers’ Association, Unite – the Union, the Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT) and Comisiones Obreras (CC.OO).


Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary said:

“The NASUWT is committed to working with sister unions internationally to achieve our shared goals.


“Following the UK’s EU referendum it is more vital than ever to ensure that Gibraltar’s voice is heard and its interests respected.


“The IRTUC will now form a key element of this approach and shows our commitment to ensuring fair and just rights for teachers and other workers in Gibraltar in the post-Brexit era.”


NASUWT President Fred Brown, who was present at the launch of this historic partnership in the IRTUC said:


“We are committed to addressing  the social and labour related problems of workers.


“We will work together with our IRTUC sister unions to address the complex and varied problems faced by workers crossing the border.


“Brexit must not be allowed to impact negatively on workers or on the quality and stability of their employment.”

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