Unions want to work with ministers at this time of crisis

Government must act to ease anxiety about livelihoods

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Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement today (Tuesday) that he is to work with businesses and unions to develop a package of employment support for UK workers, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“The government needs to give people certainty in this rapidly changing situation. Easing the anxiety many people have over their jobs and livelihoods is crucial.

“Unions want to work with ministers in the interests of the country at this unprecedented time.

“But making sure that all workers off ill with the virus or isolated at home have enough money to pay their rent and bills is essential. Raising statutory sick pay to minimum wage rates could happen quickly and have an instant effect.

“The government has promised the NHS everything it needs. Ministers must give councils the necessary funding and powers to ensure social care can be delivered safely and give the utmost support to all public sector workers battling at the forefront of this crisis.”

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 both the public and private sectors.

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