Responding to the speech today (Thursday) by Labour party leader Keir Starmer, Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “With every passing day, it gets clearer that this country is in deep crisis. The economy is broken and the government is prioritising the wealthy few over everyday people.

“The burning question of 2023 is who will pay for the crisis? That will be the same question for whoever is in government. 

“Right now our NHS is being deliberately run down and workers and communities are being lined up for another round of austerity.

“So I want to hear Labour make it abundantly clear that the choices it will make will not lead to austerity – that we will not be getting some new buzz word that amounts to continued cuts to services and pay.

“They cannot afford to tinker around the edges. We are a wealthy country and the money is there. We now need a government that is committed to making different choices.”


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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.