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Labour's manifesto offers real change for working people - Usdaw backs commitments to tackling in-work poverty and the retail crisis

Date: 21 November 2019 Retail trade union Usdaw has hailed Labour’s general election manifesto, launched today, as a chance for real change for working people.
It’s time for real change – Labour’s 2019 general election manifesto: https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Real-Change-Labour-Manifesto-2019.pdf

Paddy Lillis – Usdaw General Secretary says: “This manifesto offers the country and particularly working people genuine hope for real change. Ending in-work poverty would be one of Labour’s greatest achievements; it is the scourge of modern society. The Government disgracefully failed to act on the evidence our ‘Time for Better Pay’ campaign produced, so we are delighted that Labour has listened and taken on board our policy recommendations.

“Insecure low-paid work is causing many families a great deal of hardship as they struggle to make ends meet and have no guaranteed income from week to week. So Labour’s £10 per hour for all workers, an end to zero-hour employment, contracts that reflect workers hours and scrapping the universally discredited Universal Credit are very welcome and will make a real difference to our members and millions of workers.

“Among promises on sorting out the NHS, housing, education and many other services that our members rely on; Labour has a plan to tackle the crisis on our high street. Retail is going through tremendous difficulties, resulting in many job losses and store closures.

“Labour has listened to Usdaw’s ‘Save our Shops’ campaign and is committed to developing a retail sector industrial strategy including a review of the business rates system to make it fairer for bricks and mortar retailers.

“Our country is crying out for change, a different direction that will bring hope and prosperity. This manifesto shows that Labour is the party that will deliver a future that works for all. Labour has listened to our members concerns and set out a programme to address them. Usdaw is urging our members to register to vote, use their vote, and to vote Labour.”

Notes for editors:
 
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 410,000 members. Membership has increased by more than one-third over the last couple of decades. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.

Usdaw’s ‘Time for Better Pay’ campaign: www.usdaw.org.uk/T4BP
 
Usdaw’s ‘Save Our Shops’ campaign: https://www.usdaw.org.uk/Campaigns/Save-Our-Shops-(1)
 
Usdaw’s industrial strategy for retail: www.usdaw.org.uk/retailstrategy
 
For Usdaw press releases visit: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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