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TUC: workers need more govt help


TUC: workers need more govt help

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on the government to provide more help to the unemployed.

General secretary Brendan Barber says government should act as boldly as it is with the banking sector.

Mr Barber said: "Benefits and redundancy pay need to be raised to cushion the financial blow to the newly unemployed."

His comments followed today's announcement that unemployment has now reached 1.97 million, according to national statistics.

Reacting to the news that 256,000 workers had lost their jobs during the last quarter, Mr Barber commented: "This is another set of dreadful figures, and we fear worse is still to come."

The joint general secretary of Unite has also reacted strongly to the announcement of redundancies.

Derek Simpson said cuts at the Royal Bank of Scotland reflected the reality of the credit crunch. He also claimed it was the workers and not their bosses, who had suffered most.ADNFCR-1196-ID-19019812-ADNFCR

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