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TUC CONGRESS 2021 Starmer commits Labour to TUC's ‘new deal for working people’

THE TUC welcomed Sir Keir Starmer’s backing of its “new deal for working people” on the last day of the union confederation’s annual Congress today.

The Labour leader committed the party to backing more generous statutory sick pay for all workers, a £10-an-hour minimum wage, job rights from day one, and a flexible working guarantee.

A Labour government would also ban fire-and-rehire attacks on workers and outlaw zero-hours contracts, Sir Keir promised.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Keir Starmer is right to focus on dignity at work. This pandemic has exposed the inequality and insecurity at the heart of our labour market.”

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes argued Labour’s leader has the “vision which is so badly needed,” while retail union Usdaw said the party was showing a “real alternative” to the Tories.

But Unite’s new general secretary Sharon Graham urged Sir Keir to focus urgently on defending jobs. 

“This is the only way we can make sure workers do not pay the price for this pandemic.

“This is happening now. Labour needs to do the same.”

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