date: 9 May 2012
Commenting today (Wednesday) on the Queen's Speech, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
'We needed a programme for growth, instead we have an incoherent hotchpotch that will do little or nothing to deal with our fundamental economic problems or create jobs. The main obstacle remains the government's mistaken policies of austerity that have sent the economy back into reverse.
'Even those proposals that go in the right direction have too often been watered down so we have a green investment bank that is not a real bank and executive pay curbs that lack teeth.
'What is worst is that ministers are wrapping up a real attack on rights at work as good for growth and employment. Those who opposed the minimum wage and rights for paid holidays are using the recession as a cover to introduce policies that they know have little support and that will be seen as nasty by most. There is no actual evidence that making work insecure does anything for the economy - easy fire will not lead to new hires.'
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