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T&G UNION'S NEW GENERAL SECRETARY SETS OUT HIS STAND

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Labour has not done enough to help the low-paid, Tony Woodley, newly-elected ...
Labour has not done enough to help the low-paid, Tony Woodley, newly-elected

general secretary of the T&G union, told BBC Radio Four's Today programme

this morning.

Mr Woodley has been described as being a member of the 'awkward squad' for

his criticsm of the government. But, he said, 'it's more the frustrated

squad than the awkward squad ... We find under a Labour government, now in

their second term, that the rich get richer and the gap between them and the

less well-off has started to widen again.'

The T&G would put pressure on the government to raise the minimum wage and

ensure pensions are protected, he said.

'We want to make sure that as a union we refocus our time, money and effort

to make improvements for our members in the workplace, but where we can't do

that by bargaining we want to pressurise our government.'

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