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TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has criticised today’s (Thursday) Queen’s Speech for failing to live up to the promises made to working families during the election. Frances said:

“Working people will want to check the small print before trusting this government’s promises.

“Ministers should be taking action to outlaw hated zero-hours contracts, which trap working families in poverty. And they should get wages rising by empowering workers to negotiate fair pay.

“We know that many in the cabinet are desperate to drive down labour standards. That’s why the government has launched another attack on the democratic right to strike to make it harder for working people to stand up for their rights. 

“No more excuses – the new government must improve rights at work and get wages rising to help working families.”