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EIS writes to Scottish Universities on behalf of EU National Members

Tuesday 11 October 2016

The EIS has written to all Scottish Universities on behalf of its members that are EU nationals to seek to ensure that they receive an effective structured support from Scottish Universities as the UK moves towards Brexit.

In responding to the concerns of its members, the EIS is seeking specific actions from Scottish Universities to support EU staff members and their families with both specialist employment law and immigration law advice.

The EIS has also asked Universities to actively support EU staff and their families, should they wish to apply for an indefinite leave to remain or citizenship, and to give consideration to helping with these costs.

The EIS has also suggested that Universities act collectively in obtaining and disseminating the best advice to staff.

General Secretary Larry Flanagan stated, "Many EU nationals moved with their families to work in Scotland’s universities and they now feel that the rug has been pulled from under them. 

Many of them fear that their status will not be settled until Brexit is completed – and that they and their families may be used as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations.

It is only right that Scottish Universities as employers step into this vacuum and give their staff the support that they deserve.

Mr Flanagan added, "The EIS will provide support to members in schools and colleges and pay close attention to the situation there.”