27 July 2016
Commenting on the latest GDP figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show overall growth of 0.6% for the last quarter, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“It’s good news that growth strengthened in the last quarter before the referendum. The priority now is protecting growth from the fall in business confidence, and the risks to future investment, following the Brexit vote.
“The TUC has published an action plan to keep the economy moving, and to make sure working people are not made to pay the price of Brexit. The government must give the go-ahead for a third runway at Heathrow, bring forward major new infrastructure projects like high-speed rail and announce a big expansion in housebuilding.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- The full TUC report on urgent economic actions needed ‘Working people must not pay the price for the vote to leave the EU: an action plan to protect the economy, jobs and workers’ rights’ can be found at: www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/WorkingPeopleMustNotPaythePrice.pdf
- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk
- Follow the TUC on Twitter: @The_TUC and follow the TUC press team @tucnews
- Congress 2016 will be held in the Brighton Centre from Sunday 11 September to Wednesday 14 September. Free media passes can be obtained by visiting www.tuc.org.uk/MediaCredentials2016 and completing an online form. Applications must be in by noon on Tuesday 23 August. Any received later than that will be processed in Brighton and will cost £75.
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