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News | 11.09.2017

TUC Congress 2017 - Monday Evening Round-up

Frances O'Grady speaks to Congress

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady spoke to Congress this morning about the long-term single market membership being the best option for working people.
“So I challenge all political parties: When it comes to Brexit, don’t box yourselves in. Don’t rule anything out. Keep all options on the table. And put jobs, rights and livelihoods first.
“ The TUC and unions have set out clear tests for Brexit. That’s the shape of the best Brexit deal. That’s the Brexit deal working people need. Staying in the single market and customs union would deliver it.”

On public sector pay restrictions, Frances said:
"The Prime Minister talks about the “sacrifice” public sector workers have made, as if it were their choice. Public servants weren’t given a say in the matter. They’ve had seven years of pay freezes and pay cuts imposed upon them.
“On October 17th, public servants will rally on Parliament Square. And send a clear a message to Mrs May: five million hardworking public servants need a pay rise. The public backs it. Now just tell the Treasury to get on with it.”

Read Frances's full speech

Congress pays tribute to our brilliant and brave emergency services workers

This afternoon, we had the privilege of welcoming Rob, Natalie, William, Catherine, Dave and Jo – union members and public sector emergency workers to Congress. Listening to their stories of responding to tragedy was profoundly moving, humbling and inspiring. If you missed it or would like to see it again - watch it here.


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CUT IT OUT Union reps at #TUC17 tell the real Theresa May to stop slashing the hard-won red tape that protects us

— Rory O'Neill (@hazardseditor) September 11, 2017

Delighted to support my 6th former fight for her rights #McStrike #TUC17 think she's entitled to an acceptable absence today @NEUnion

— Niamh Sweeney (@Niamhms23) September 11, 2017

#TUC17 proud to work in public sector & so much respect for these selfless public servants and their care for others

— Anne Swift (@swift4_anne) September 11, 2017

#tuc17 #pianjo&co great performances thank you Pianjo & co

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