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TUC: Chancellor urged to stand by working families

TUC: Chancellor urged to  stand by working families
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The chancellor must "stand by working families" as the furlough scheme nears its end, general secretary Frances O Grady is set to say at its congress.

"If the government doesn t act, we face a tsunami of job losses," Ms O Grady is expected to say.

A government spokesperson said supporting jobs was "an absolute priority".

Under the government s furlough scheme, workers placed on leave have been able to receive 80% of their pay, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month.

Take-up has been significant,

The scheme is due to finish at the end of October and Chancellor Rishi Sunak has repeatedly ruled out an extension to it.

Speaking at the trade union body s congress in London on Monday, Ms O Grady will warn that time is running out to prevent huge job losses as the job retention scheme (JRS) comes to a close.

"Unions pushed for the job retention scheme," Ms O Grady will say.

"Millions of livelihoods were saved - both employees and the self-employed. From this Thursday, it will be just 45 days before the JRS ends.

"That s the notice period that companies have to give if they intend to make mass redundancies."

Image caption The TUC is also calling for a new "job protection and skills deal"

She is expected to directly appeal to the chancellor in her speech: "So my message to the chancellor is this: We worked together once before. We are ready to work with you again - if you are serious about stopping the catastrophe of mass unemployment.

"Rishi Sunak, stand by working families - don t walk away."

"It s so much better to keep people working, paying their taxes, spending and helping to rebuild the economy," she will add.

The trade unions body is also calling for a new "job protection and skills deal", which would include mandatory training and "up-skilling" for workers placed on furlough, for example.

A government spokesperson said: "Supporting jobs is an absolute priority which is why we ve set out a comprehensive Plan for Jobs to protect, create and support jobs across the UK by providing significant, targeted support where it is needed the most.

"We are continuing to support livelihoods and incomes through our £2bn Kickstart scheme, creating incentives for training and apprenticeships, a £1,000 retention bonus for businesses that can bring furloughed employees back to work, and doubling the number of frontline work coaches to help people find work.

"We are also supporting and protecting jobs in the tourism and hospitality sectors through our VAT cut and last month s Eat Out to Help Out scheme."
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