From the TUC

The election result shows that we need a new deal for working people

09 Jun 2017, by in Politics

This election was about bread and butter issues – what needs to change for ordinary working people.

And no wonder: if current trends continue, in five years’ time 3.5 million people will be in insecure work, as gig working, self-employment, agency work and zero hours contracts rise and rise.

People everywhere are feeling the pinch as wages fail to keep up with rising prices. The average wage is still £1,200 less than it was in 2008. Only this week, OECD figures showed our declining wages put us bottom of the international table.

Our economy is badly unbalanced, with London and the South East accounting for nearly 40% of GDP, whilst key industries in other regions are threatened by Brexit uncertainty and .

To turn this around, the next government must deliver a new deal for working people.

They should implement popular policies from the campaign – like banning zero-hour contracts, pushing up the minimum wage and delivering a long overdue pay rise for nurses, midwives and all public servants.

And it’s clear that there is no mandate for a no-deal Brexit. The government should go back to the drawing board and negotiate a Brexit deal that puts UK jobs, decent wages and workers’ rights first.

6 Responses to The election result shows that we need a new deal for working people

  1. Sam Vickers
    Jun 9th 2017, 12:05 pm

    Why cannot you get behind our party and its leader , what is up with you ?

  2. John
    Jun 10th 2017, 1:23 am

    FAO of Sam Vickers: I am sure the TUC is behind supporting the Labour Party and it’s leaders.

    However, what I would not want to happen in the coming weeks or more likely months would be any internal union infighting; any infighting between unions; or between the aforesaid and the TUC.

    That would play right into the hands of the right wing media, the Tories and it could damage the credibility of the Labour Party.

    Thankyou for this article.

  3. june Jones
    Jun 10th 2017, 2:26 am

    Funny that its protests and grassroots action that have combined with Corbyn’s leadership to get this fantastic result. The reluctance of the unions to back strike action has not helped win votes for Labour ! I would like to see Unite take a progressive stance against Trident. there is increasing evidence that many jobs could be created – more and more bosses are seeing it this way- apart from the obvious benefit to reducing the use of fossil fuels – it is a big step in the direction of a safer nuclear free wirkd.

  4. Joe Bailey
    Jun 10th 2017, 12:55 pm

    Would it be possible to have to have a trade union (TUC) crowd funding site? Where the member in the street could post messages and discus TUC policy on innovation (digital economy) for instances. Put forward ideas for project that benefit members.
    This macro economic didactic generalisation don’t point to an improved picture of hourly paid compared to other sections of society in the long term.
    Some commentator said that the UK is a rich country we have 100,00 people in Thinks Tank.
    Do any of these Think Tanks benefit the hourly paid and lower grades?
    Why don’t you put in a motion? Can somebody explain how that woks and who is accountable -if it disappears?

  5. Alan Beackon
    Jun 15th 2017, 12:35 pm

    What I think should happen now is, for The TUC and Unions to get behind Jeremy Corbyn in his call for another general election, so that he can rebuild Britain from the shop floor up. The Trade Union movement must help him put pressure on Mrs May to dissolve this hung parliament. So that a Labour Government with an overall majority can fully implement Labours fair and costed manifesto.

  6. militarytravel
    Jun 29th 2017, 10:06 am

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