The TUC is today (Sunday) publishing its submission to the Treasury for the Comprehensive Spending Review, which will be announced alongside the budget on Wednesday.
The submission says that the current chaos in our energy markets, at our petrol pumps, and in our increasingly erratic climate shows what happens when government fails to plan for the future.
The union body calls on ministers to learn from the pandemic what can be achieved when government, business and unions work together - the job retention scheme helped save nearly 12 million jobs. And it calls for ministers to work with unions on plans for decent jobs, resilient public services, and a just transition to net-zero.
Recommendations for decent jobs and social security include:
Recommendations for resilient public services include:
Recommendations for climate action and a just transition
[See the link to the submission in the notes for full recommendations, including a plan for skills]
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“The spending review is the big test for the government’s promise to ‘build back better’.
“Longstanding problems that hold Britain back must be fixed – like low pay and insecure work. We must see concrete plans to build a stronger, more resilient economy – backed by investment.
“Public services are essential to the resilience our economy needs. They must be better funded, with good pay and conditions to attract and keep high-quality staff. The spending review must deliver the funding to prove that this government is genuinely committed to building back stronger services.
“Too much of our economy has been taken over by business models that profit from low pay and denying workers’ rights. That must end. The Chancellor must set out plans to rebuild our economy in a new design with fair pay and decent jobs for all.
“When government, business and unions worked together in the pandemic, we saved millions of jobs. Any serious plans to ‘build back better’ must be made with a seat for unions at the table, not just big corporations. And the Chancellor must make sure that ‘leveling up’ includes higher wages.”
- The full TUC spending review submission to the Treasury is here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/2021-10/Trades%20Union%20Congress%20SR2021_final.pdf
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