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Commenting on today’s (Monday) proposals by the government to support the unemployed, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

Commenting on today’s (Monday) proposals by the government to support the unemployed, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:  

“We are on the verge of an unemployment crisis. Today’s announcements are just a drop in the ocean. 

“Ministers must do much more to stop people losing their jobs. That means real help now for industries facing a tough winter, like aviation, retail and hospitality. 

“And ministers need to do far more to create good new jobs. TUC research shows that we could create 1.2 million new jobs in the next two years in green transport and infrastructure. 

“And people who lose their jobs must get the support they need to get back on their feet. That means investing in a major retraining programme, support for the self-employed and urgently raising the rate of Universal Credit to stop people being plunged into poverty.”

Editors note

- More information on the TUC’s job protection and upskilling deal can be found here 
- TUC analysis that we could create 1.2 million jobs in green transport and infrastructure is available here:  
- The TUC has called on government to urgently raise the basic level of Universal Credit for the duration of the outbreak to 80% of the real living wage – or £260 a week:,or%20%C2%A3260%20a%20week   
- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 48 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living. 

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