Commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement on wage subsidies today (Friday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“This is a breakthrough. The Chancellor has shown real leadership. We’re glad he has listened to unions and taken vital steps to support working families.
“Large-scale wage subsidies are the best way to boost household finances and keep businesses running. And they’ll help our economy bounce back after this crisis.
“Employers across the economy can now be confident that they will be able to pay their wage bills. They must urgently reassure their staff that their jobs and livelihoods are safe.
“Unions will continue to work with business and government to protect jobs and livelihoods.”
Notes to editors:
- TUC experts are available for briefing on the details of the package.
- Earlier this week, a TUC report set out five actions urgently needed to minimise the impact of the coronavirus on workers, the economy and public health:
- 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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