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Commenting on today’s (Wednesday) GDP figures, showing a reduction of 1.5% for the first quarter of 2021 overall but a rise of 2.1% in March, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“The last month has shown some signs of recovery. But there is still a long way to go, especially in the hardest-hit industries.

“The government should step in to help the recovery gain speed and build the confidence of employers. 

“A sure and fast approach is to give key workers the pay rise they have earned. With more money in their pockets, their spending will help businesses recover faster.”

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