TUC Budget submission sets out the actions the Chancellor must take to improve pay and strengthen the economy
The TUC is today (Sunday) publishing its Budget submission to the Treasury and calling on the Chancellor to make the 2020s a decade of renewal – with green infrastructure, rebuilding of public services, and support for better quality jobs (DOWNLOAD IT BELOW).
The TUC has set out four challenges for the government to turn around Britain’s weak and austerity-damaged economy. And it has set budget tests on each challenge:
Urgent action needed to tackle coronavirus
The TUC is also calling on the Treasury to ensure the financing needed for an emergency support package for workers affected by coronavirus, including:
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“We’ve had a decade of devastation because of government cuts to essential services. Britain now urgently needs a decade of renewal to repair the damage.
“The Chancellor’s first budget must set out the roadmap for renewal in the 2020s. Britain needs major public investment to revive communities, raise wages and kickstart the transition to a net-zero economy. And alongside this we need a credible plan to deliver better jobs and higher living standards.
“The priority is reaching every part of Britain – especially the towns and communities where higher quality work is most needed. The UK workforce needs training in skills for a net-zero industry and a digital economy. And the government make sure that every new infrastructure project has a union agreement to guarantee job quality and fair pay.”
On emergency action on to tackle coronavirus, Frances added:
“No one should be out of pocket for doing the right thing and following the government’s advice. But as it stands, many people won’t be able to meet basic living costs if they stay home from work.
“The Chancellor must fund urgent reforms to sick pay, so it covers all workers at a decent rate. It’s the sensible way to give working families the security they need – and to protect public health.”
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