date: Thursday 2 April 2009
embargo: For immediate release
Commenting on the G20 summit communiqué, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
'This summit has delivered real progress in crucial areas with tighter regulation of the financial system, a crackdown on tax havens and a major boost in support for the poorest countries. These mark a break with the failed policies of previous decades.
'Of course there are still gaps in the communiqué, progressive voices have not carried the day on every issue and vital issues such as climate change have been put off to the Copenhagen conference.
'But agreements reached today, if carried through, should offer hope to the millions around the world whose lives have been so badly hit by the global slowdown.
'We now look to the G20 governments to build on the progress made and honour the commitments made in London. Here in the UK we now need to see a relentless focus on the battle against unemployment, starting with a budget for jobs on 22 April.'
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Issued: 2 April, 2009