TUC boss describes Tories as “toxic” and calls for new elections

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has called the Tories ‘toxic’ (Image: provided)

A senior union leader has called for general elections to end ongoing political unrest.

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, also pledged to fight plans to introduce further anti-industrial action legislation as unions continue to stage strikes over disputes over wages, jobs and working conditions.

At her last TUC Congress before stepping down, Ms O’Grady told delegates in Brighton: “Some are saying Liz Truss has to go. I think they are wrong. This whole rotten Tory government has got to go.

“The Tories are poisonous. It’s time for a change.

“We need general elections now.”

She said Jeremy Hunt might be the new chancellor but it’s the “same old story”. She called for the cap on bankers’ bonuses to be lifted, while government workers’ wages would be slashed “Robin Hood in reverse”.

Ms O’Grady said the country “needs a real plan for fairer, greener growth”. As the TUC is coordinating industrial action, she told Congress, “If workers have no choice but to vote to strike for decent pay, I say bring it on.”

Calling for a higher windfall tax for energy giants, as well as caps on profits and fair pay for public sector workers, she said: “It’s time to prove the people who have made us all proud right. “They got us through the pandemic and we owe them.

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