date: 5 October 2011
embargo: For immediate release
Responding to the Prime Minister's speech to the Conservative Party Conference today (Wednesday) TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
'If the Prime Minister really felt the nation's pain, he would change course.
'Our economic difficulties have gone well past the point where can-do optimism can make a difference. We need policies for jobs and growth, and help for families suffering the biggest fall in living standards in a generation. Instead all we hear in today's speech are warm words, and there is not much of an export market for hot air.
'This has been a disappointing conference that has failed to respond to growing economic difficulties. If we judge people by what they do, rather than what they say, ministers believe that unemployment will be solved by getting tougher with the jobless and that they will restore economic growth by increasing the number of unfair dismissals.'
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Issued: 5 October, 2011