Unite chief: “If Liz Truss really wanted to help the UK economy she would be helping us get more money into workers’ pockets”
- Wednesday 5 October 2022
Reacting to the speech by the Prime Minister Liz Truss today (Wednesday), the leader of Unite the union hit back at the failure to support workers seeking wage rises amid a crippling cost of living crisis.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Liz Truss says she is focussed on growth, but if she really wanted to help the UK economy she would be helping us get more money into the pockets of workers. She would not dismiss as ‘militant’ the nurses, drivers, refuse collectors, dockers and the tens of thousands of workers taking action on pay up and down the country so they can pay their bills and defend their families.
“What is the point of a bigger pie if bad bosses get to divide it? Unite is dealing with a number of profiteering companies right now who are raking it in, while trying to impose pay cuts on their workers.
“Workers are a key part of wealth creation and they should share in it. Without unions like Unite taking a stand, more money would be in the hands of shareholders as opposed to workers. We will continue to defend workers.
“In truth it is trade unions delivering for working people. If Liz Truss thinks she can prevent us getting more money into pay packets and using all our strengths to do that, she is yet again miscalculating and she will have a fight on her hands.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.