Key workers and public services need more support, say UK unions

Union leaders have urged the government to avoid mass unemployment in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis by continuing to support key workers and public services. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) and Unison, one of the UK’s largest unions, will launch their campaigns in tandem on Monday demanding the government stand by working families and increase spending on public services. They told ministers key workers would suffer if a planned minimum wage rise next year did not go ahead. Speaking to the TUC’s 152nd Congress in London, the TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, will say time is running out to prevent the misery of mass unemployment. During her virtual speech, O’Grady, will appeal to the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, urging him to continue government support of the job retention scheme (JRS), as well as a rise in the minimum wage. “Unions pushed for the job retention scheme. Millions of livelihoods were saved – both employees and the self-employed,” she will say.From this Thursday, it will be just 45 days before the JRS ends. That’s the notice period that companies have to give if they intend to make mass redundancies. “If the government doesn’t act, we face a tsunami of job losses…. Read full this story

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