The TUC are urging Jeremy Hunt to use next week’s autumn statement to protect pay and shield workers from the misery of recession, rather than plunge the country into more austerity.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady warns the chancellor not to repeat the errors of George Osborne and David Cameron: “The Tories crashed the economy – and now the country is on the brink of recession. As the government prepares for the Autumn Statement, ministers need to act now to boost the economy and to protect workers from soaring prices and the threat of one million lost jobs.
“Sunak and Hunt must not repeat the mistakes of Cameron and Osborne. Tory cuts over the past 12 years have meant the slowest recovery for a century.
“The government has a choice. Rather than a recession, they should choose more funding for the vital public services like schools and our NHS, pay rises for our dedicated public servants that match the cost of living, and investment in green tech to meet the challenge of net zero.
This is how you build a fairer and more resilient economy.”