date: 4 September 2013
embargo: 00:01 hours Thursday 5 September 2013
The TUC has today (Thursday) welcomed calls by the former chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Sir John Armitt, for the government to establish an independent National Infrastructure Commission.
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: 'Building a national consensus on future infrastructure makes huge sense and the government and employers should respond positively to these proposals.
'The TUC stands ready to play our part in making the case for infrastructure that can boost growth, rebalance the economy and put in place the change we need to decarbonise our energy supply.
'As well as beginning to address our long-term investment shortfall a well-worked through plan would also give the government the right tools to speed up investment to give the economy a boost.'
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- The TUC's campaign plan can be downloaded from www.tuc.org.uk/campaignplan
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Issued: 5 September, 2013