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TUC: Chancellor’s short-time working scheme is a significant step forward

Responding to the chancellor’s statement announcing a winter protection plan for workers and the economy, TUC Regional Secretary Bill Adams yesterday said:

"Unions have been pushing hard for continued jobs support for working people. We are pleased the Chancellor has listened and done the right thing. 

“This scheme will provide a lifeline for many firms in Yorkshire with a viable future beyond the pandemic.

“But there’s still unfinished business. Unworked hours under the scheme must not be wasted. Ministers must work with business and unions to offer high-quality retraining, so workers are prepared for the future economy.

“And we’ll be looking closely at the details to make sure there are strings attached.

“The government should target help at industries facing a tough winter, and provide more support for families most at risk of hardship and debt.”  

On the further action now needed, Bill Adams yesterday said:  

"We must use this period of protection to make the economy more resilient and to plan a strong recovery for our region.  Ministers must quickly get Test and Trace working properly, so it’s fast and reliable through the UK. And enforcement bodies must get more resources to make sure all workplaces are safe.  

"A Regional Recovery Council should now be convened, bringing together government, business and unions. We’ve got the potential to create 60,000 new, green jobs in our region if we fast track existing infrastructure schemes. We can use the winter months to plan an economic spring, with fair rewards for key workers and good new jobs in green industry. Let's get moving on a regional plan to build that together." 

Editors Note

  • 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. 

Contacts:

Gareth Lewis 
glewis@tuc.org.uk 
0113 200 1075
07810 374976

TUC press office 
media@tuc.org.uk  
020 7467 1248

 

Original article link: https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/tuc-chancellors-short-time-working-scheme-significant-step-forward

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