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UNISON: Government must support public services to build a better future

UNISON is calling for support for Public Sector services and key workers in a campaign that is being launched today (Sept 14).

The campaign titled No Going Back to Normal, calls for Government to step in to ensure that key workers don’t go back to long hours, low pay, and high-stress.

The campaign has been launched to coincide with the 152nd Trades Union Congress (TUC), the issues raised in the campaign are due to be discussed in a motion at the TUC.

UNISON general secretary, Dave Prentis, said:

 "The UK depends on key workers to keep public services running and everyone protected. But it's taken a pandemic for their worth to be properly recognised. Some even owe their lives to frontline staff who've tragically died protecting others.  

"Everyone is desperate to get back to normal. However, 'normal' cannot mean a return to low pay, penny-pinching, and public services staff being under-valued. For too long, this has been the reality for those providing vital amenities including health and social care, policing, education, and local government. 

"The government must invest properly in public services and respect workers by paying them fairly and keeping them safe. It must reverse a decade of neglect – and start right now."   

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