“Rishi Sunak’s actions to help people struggling with the cost of living came far too late”

TUC Deputy General Secretary Paul Nowak says one-off payments to support families with energy bills won’t make much of a difference in the long run – workers will still struggle to pay their bills this fall

Rishi Sunak at Downing Street
Rishi Sunak at Downing Street

The cost of living crisis is a wage crisis.

Energy, food and fuel prices have skyrocketed.

And millions of households went into this crisis without any kind of safety net.

Years of wage stagnation and cuts in Universal Credit have left families facing soaring bills.

And the blame for this brutal decade of stagnant wages lies with successive Tory governments.

An analysis by the TUC last week found NHS workers are earning thousands of pounds a year less – in real terms when inflation is factored in – than in 2010.

For nurses, their real wages have fallen by £5,200 a year compared to 2010, while paramedics’ wage packages have fallen by £6,700 in real terms.

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And it’s a similar story in the public sector, where wages have been kept low for more than a decade.

Meanwhile, job insecurity and low wages are all too common in the labor market. There are over a million workers on zero-hour contracts.

And we’ve seen bosses like P&O fire workers on the spot.

Last month, following calls from unions and charities, the chancellor finally announced a cost-of-living support package.

But Rishi Sunak’s actions came far too late.

His trembling and hesitation caused unnecessary trouble and worry for millions.

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And one-off payments to help families with their energy bills won’t make much of a difference in the long run — workers will still struggle to pay their bills this fall.

We cannot stagger from crisis to crisis. Employees need long-term financial security.

Across the country, families are experiencing the biggest decline in living standards in generations.

Everything goes up except wages.

But this cost-of-living crisis is not inevitable. There is a way out.

First, ministers must raise the minimum wage and ban zero-hour contracts, which would boost earnings for the lowest-paid workers.

Second, they should give workers new rights to negotiate better wages through their unions.

Third – Nurses, teachers and other public sector workers must get the fair raise they deserve. That would help repair the damage of the past decade.

Fourth, the government should encourage employers to raise wages instead of paying out mega dividends to shareholders.

Finally, ministers could prevent millions of families from falling below the subsistence level by giving an appropriate boost to universal credit payments.

Thousands will demonstrate in London this weekend to demand better things.

We demand a wage increase for all workers. dignity in the workplace. No more zero-hour contracts and layoffs and rehires. Real help with bills. And a government that listens to working people.

I hope to see Mirror readers from across the UK marching in London this weekend.

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