No sign of growth strategy or help on living standards squeeze from Chancellor

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date: 3 October 2011

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Commenting on the Chancellor's speech to the Conservative Party conference today (Monday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'Millions of people are looking for a strategy to get our economy growing again and respite from the huge squeeze on living standards that this government has worsened with deep spending cuts. They will be sorely disappointed by the Chancellor's speech today.

'At a time when the UK economy is stagnating, all we heard were cheap lines for right-wing activists, a re-hash of old policy announcements and help for bad bosses to mistreat and sack staff on the cheap. The Chancellor is not listening to the growing calls for a plan B - and we are all playing the price.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk

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Elly Gibson T: 020 7467 1337 M: 07900 910624 E: egibson@tuc.org.uk

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