Ministers are provoking a fight with unions to serve their own ends

The government should focus on helping the country through the cost-of-living crisis

Responding to proposed legal changes to allow agency workers to fill in for striking staff, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Sunday): “The government’s focus should be on a plan to help the country through the cost-of-living crisis, not engineering a distracting spat with unions.

“Using agency workers isn’t safe and only serves to sour relations between employers and their employees.

“The Prime Minister should give health, care, council, school and police staff a pay rise that helps them weather surging prices, invigorates local communities and protects essential services too.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.