Responding to the chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring statement today, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The chancellor’s Spring statement offered nothing to put a spring in the step of families whose incomes have gone into reverse, or the car workers and manufacturing communities whose livelihoods are under threat.

“This was a Spring statement from a government that has run out of road and run out of ideas, dominated by the Brexit chaos of its own making.

“With the planned closure of Honda’s Swindon plant threatening the livelihoods of 15,000 people, it was absent of the need to support UK manufacturing and our beleaguered car industry through the transition to electric and alternatively powered vehicles.

“Instead it was a masterclass in denial of the damage successive Tory governments have wrought on people and their communities. Philip Hammond glossed over the fact that in work poverty is on the rise and inequality growing amid the longest wage squeeze since the Napoleonic era and catastrophic austerity.

“For all Theresa May and her government’s talk of tackling burning injustices, working people know that they will burn fiercer, for longer while the Conservatives remain in charge of the economy.”

ENDS

For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 alex.flynn@unitetheunion.org

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.