The threat by the British government of punitive tariffs on Irish products entering the UK in the event of a no deal Brexit, has been described as unacceptable by SIPTU deputy general secretary for the private sector, Gerry McCormack. Tens of thousands of members of SIPTU are involved in the agri-food, dairy meat, pharma and other manufacturing and service industries.
Gerry McCormack said: “Our members are deeply concerned that the UK has today announced its intention to introduce tariffs on imports from the EU, including from the Republic of Ireland, in a “no-deal” Brexit scenario. SIPTU represents tens of thousands of workers in the agri-food sector - across meat, dairy and cereal production and processing - whose jobs would be immediately at risk. SIPTU supports the call by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions for urgent action by the Government, in conjunction with the EU institutions, to protect vulnerable workers from job losses.