Cost of living: TUC video ‘thanks’ government on TikTok

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The Trades Union Congress (TUC) invites all those who are grateful to the government to come together in London this summer and say thank you.

A video listing all the reasons to be “grateful” to Boris Johnson has spread like wildfire on TikTok.

It includes a promise of tax cuts (in two years), an energy credit (to be paid back over five years) and a promise to end the “fire and rehire” employment practices (deleted from the Queen’s speech).

It has been liked more than 120,000 times and the TUC is hoping for even greater participation next month.

The organization is planning a mass demonstration in London on June 18, culminating in a rally in Parliament Square.

It looks like it will be part of a summer that could be cut short by industrial action amid the deteriorating cost of living situation.

Last minute talks are underway to prevent the biggest rail strike in modern history after union members at Network Rail and 14 major rail operators voted to go on strike.

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After weeks of pressure from opposition parties, Rishi Sunak will announce help for struggling families tomorrow (Image: Getty)

The government has accused the RMT of acting rashly while the rail network is “alive” after the union leader threatened to “bring the country to a standstill” over wages and jobs.

Ministers are considering plans to keep freight traffic going and prevent the sight of empty shelves in supermarkets.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady today urged ministers to take action against the economic pressures affecting millions across the country.

She wrote on Twitter: “Energy bills are expected to rise 23 TIMES faster than wages this year.

“Let that sink in. The government has no excuse to postpone an unexpected tax and emergency budget.”

Rishi Sunak will announce measures aimed at easing the pressure on the poorest of society tomorrow amid rising energy bills and inflation rates not seen in 40 years.

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A £10billion package could bring some households up to £400 worth of relief in the form of a rebate on energy bills.

It could directly address two of the criticisms of the government repeated in the TUC’s viral TikTok video, with the chancellor expected to bow to pressure and introduce an unexpected tax on energy companies and scrap plans to reinstate the five-year energy bill rebate to bring in.

Labour’s Shadow Secretary Ed Miliband predicted Mr Sunak would eventually adopt the opposition’s policy of looting record energy company profits.

Criticizing the Chancellor in the House of Commons, he said: “The truth is they have run out of excuses and amidst the chaos and confusion about what their position is I think a massive U-turn is slowly bouncing over the hill.

“But I say to the Chancellor: swallow your pride and carry on.”

The Tory government is unlikely to introduce a flat tax for all energy companies, but will cap the levy according to each company’s investment commitments.

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Justin Scacco

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