UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has described the Queen’s Speech as offering little comfort “for the young, the unemployed, the working poor, the sick, the vulnerable or the millions who have seen their living standards fall drastically since this coalition government came to power.
“It’s a typical Tory tactic to distract attention from the real problems we face by fostering a ‘blame-immigrants’ culture, instead of tackling the huge divide between the rich and the poor.
“This government should face facts and accept that its policies are not working for the majority of people. What we need is a programme that will boost growth and create jobs not one that boosts insecurity and fear and creates division.”
The speech had been trailed as being for women, but Ceri Goddard of the Fawcett Society also notes: “If planned deregulation means further erosion of workplace rights and protections, this won’t only expose thousands more women to unfair discrimination, it is a false economy when we need the full talents and skills of or workface – men and women – contributing to growth.
“Until government plans advance women’s equality, both at home and at work, their programme won’t just stall progress, it will undermine it.”