Responding to a report published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) today (Tuesday), which predicts the equivalent of 195 million full-time job losses globally in the next 3 months, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“Hundreds of thousands of people are losing their jobs around the world every day. It’s vital they all have the support they need to make ends meet and are not thrown into poverty.
“In Britain, that means an urgent boost to universal credit and scrapping the five-week wait for support.
“But a pandemic of this scale needs a global response. We need coordinated international action by governments to support health, protect jobs, give everyone access to social security and boost the economy when the recovery comes.
“Working together we can not only protect jobs but save lives.”
- The ILO report is available at: www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_740893/lang--en/index.htm
- Yesterday (Monday) the TUC called on the UK 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: www.tuc.org.uk/news/tuc-calls-emergency-boost-universal-credit-help-people-through-coronavirus-outbreak
- 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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