Responding to the speech today (Tuesday 24 September) by the leader of the Labour party Ed Miliband, the leader of the country's biggest union Len McCluskey said: "People at home urgently wanting to know what a Labour government will do for them will certainly have a better idea today. They will know that this is a leader and a party that is on their side.
"Ed Miliband should never be afraid to articulate a courageous vision for this nation because that is what these extraordinary, fearful times urgently need.
"Voters are hungry for something better for Britain than foodbanks, tattered wages and Wonganomics. They want to hear about homes, that their children will have a future in this country, about a fair day's wage for a fair day's work. They need Labour to stand for a better life for the people of this country than the worry and insecurity this miserable government offers.
"It was good to hear Ed mention the role of unions positively in delivering the minimum wage, challenging in-work poverty. This is what we do day-in, day-out. We improve people's living standards, the issue so close to Ed's heart, and we are here to do it again by working to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. Ending the desperate wage depression inflicted on working people for decades now must be part of Labour's offer to the people of this country.
"Today Ed, importantly, showed that he understands the ties that bind us as a society. From saving our NHS to creating decent jobs for our kids, building one million decent homes and freezing the energy prices that terrify households, this speech should delight ordinary working people. His Britain is one where the generations of today build a country worthy of those of tomorrow.
"Britain is so much better than what this Tory government has imposed on our country so I hope that Ed will continue to give life to a bigger, bold and brave sense of what Labour will do for the people of our nations. To borrow a phrase, Ed is at his best when he is at his boldest."
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- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.