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Commenting on today’s (Thursday) speech by Liz Truss on the government’s new approach to inequality, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:  

“No matter who you are or where you are from, everyone should be able to get on in life. 

“Liz Truss is presenting a false choice. 

“Ministers must both tackle the barriers facing today’s diverse working class, and act to end the additional discrimination and disadvantage affecting BME, women and disabled workers.  

“They should start by banning the hated zero-hours contracts in their employment bill due in 2021. This would help end the insecurity that penalises BME workers and women in particular, and holds down living standards for all workers.” 

The TUC wants the government to: 

  • Tackle insecure work at the employment bill, due in 2021, including banning zero-hours contracts 

  • Introduce a legal duty on all public bodies to tackle class and income inequality 

  • Bring in mandatory reporting of BME, class and disability pay gaps, as with gender 

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