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Response To The Queen's Speech
photo by Garry Knight
The Queen's Speech contains an outline of the Government's policies and proposed legislation for the new parliamentary session. It is delivered by the Queen but written by the Government.

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

"It's good to see that the recent heatwave has warmed the Government's view of business and its contribution to people's lives. But this welcome change in tone needs to be backed by clarity and action now. Firms will expect all politicians to put pragmatism before politics, starting with Brexit.

"Fast action on Industrial Strategy, skills and infrastructure will show that the UK is a great place to do business. But now it's all about pace."

The minority Tory government failed to offer the hope the nation needs in its Queen's Speech, the leader of Britain's largest union, Unite said.

Responding to the Queen's Speech Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said:

"The nation needed a Queen's Speech that offered hope and the promise of an economy with decent secure jobs and wages that people can live on.

"It was an opportunity for Theresa May and her discredited government to heed the voice of millions who voted for a change of direction by ditching failing austerity for a brighter future.

"Instead we got a Queen's Speech, which devoid of the contents of the Tories' toxic manifesto, is more an attempted lifeline for Theresa May than offering the meaningful life changes the people of this country need.

"There was silence on the public sector pay cap, which has left those who care for our sick, clean our streets and help keep us safe struggling to make ends meet.

"No word either on the need to significantly boost the minimum wage and put money in people's wallets to stop the longest period of falling real terms pay since the Napoleonic wars.

"There will be no early, much-needed respite for hard pressed renters with action on landlords and agents to ban extortionate letting fees kicked into the long grass in the form of a draft bill.

"We now face a two year battle to prevent the Tory party from using the Brexit process to take apart the employment and safety protections we all value, but are regarded as obstructive 'red tape' by government ministers and Tory backbenchers.

"The Tories had a chance today to show that they understand the issues of this country - growing poverty, insecurity, the need for decent work, public safety and a chance for our young people.

"They failed. The sooner they are gone, the better."


TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The election showed that working people are fed up with an economy that doesn't work for them - but the government still isn't listening.

"The Queen's Speech makes vague promises but says nothing about the changes working people need right now - like banning zero hours contracts or making gig economy employers treat their workers fairly.

"Nor is there anything in this Queen's Speech to end the year-on-year real-terms pay cuts that are hitting brave and dedicated public servants, and pushing nurses into using foodbanks.

"Workers' rights will be put at risk by the Great Repeal Bill. It will allow ministers to bypass parliament and erode rights that come from the EU - like paid holiday and protections for part-time and agency workers. The bill must contain a specific provision to stop ministers going back and undermining the rights of working people."

Response To The Queen's Speech , 22nd June 2017, 15:33 PM