Genuine living wage and public service investment show why Labour should be in government

Pledges will shape decent society and fuel the economy

Commenting on the speech from shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves to the Labour Party conference in Liverpool today (Monday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“This shows the difference a Labour government would make to working people and public services. A windfall tax so our children’s children aren’t still paying off the cost of our energy support in years to come and sustained investment in rundown public services.

“Rachel Reeves is a future chancellor who understands that public services are both the bedrock of a decent society and help fuel the economy.

“Committing to a genuine living wage that keeps up with costs and a huge investment in the NHS will be music to the ears of struggling low-paid workers and exhausted health employees alike.

“The need for a proper plan to increase the number of key workers in health and care is something the current government seems unable to grasp. Labour gets it, and the need for a green future that’s made in Britain. A Labour government in Westminster can’t come soon enough.”

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.