Commenting on the announcement by Labour party leader Ed Miliband that he will repeal David Cameron’s ‘hated’ bedroom tax, Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: "Thousands of people and their families have been put through utter hell by this cruel policy. Their crime it appears is not to be rich enough to own their own home. If the rich want a second home, they get a state grant - but the poor get hounded for having a second bedroom. It is an obscenity and it shames Britain, so well done Labour for pledging to ditch it.
"Now, those people up and down the land forced to live with the threat of debt, misery and losing their homes can finally believe that this nightmare will come to an end, and for that we applaud Labour.
"But until 2015 and a Labour victory, this monstrous policy remains with people daily being hounded out of their homes and into debt. So Unite will continue to mobilise in communities to ensure that those in fear for their homes can stay in their homes.
"This policy speaks volumes about a truly nasty party which has no understanding of or care for the struggles of ordinary people and as such is unfit to govern."
Notes to editors:
- 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.