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TUC General Secretary, Frances O'Grady, made a barnstorming contribution on day one of Accord's 2022 conference.

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Barnstorming contribution from Frances

TUC General Secretary, Frances O'Grady, made a barnstorming contribution on day one of Accord's 2022 conference.

Frances began by thanking Accord's General Secretary, Ged Nichols, for his leadership, friendship and wisdom. She also thanked delegates for their vital contribution to spreading trades union values and for putting equally right at the heart of their work.

She spoke on recent turbulent times - referencing the uncertainty of Brexit, the unfolding catastrophe in Ukraine, lessons learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis.

Listen to her full speech in the video clip...

Frances on the cost-of-living crisis

As the TUC exposed, energy bills are already rising 14 times faster than wages. The price of food is shooting up and two million people in this country cannot afford to eat every day which is a terrible indictment of one of the richest economies in the world. Everyone can see the crisis in the weekly shop, the cost of bills and on bank statements. The TUC has called for an Emergency Budget to deliver real change:

  • A proper living wage and fair pay agreements.
  • Decent sick pay and a boost to Universal Credit.
  • A windfall tax on greedy energy giants.
  • A decent pay rise for the key workers who’ve got us through the pandemic.
  • And the equalization of capital gains tax with income tax.

Because, yes, we all want to see more money for the NHS, social care and our public services. It’s time to raise tax on wealth, not workers.

Highlights from speech

Like all working people, private and public, Accord members deserve decent wages and with inflation surging towards 10 per cent, you’re right to ask for more help for staff facing the worst cost-of-living crisis in a generation.

The government says it wants to level up the country. But ministers need to understand this... you can’t level up Britain without levelling up work. We know the British people’s number one priority is better jobs. Decent, skilled work with high labour standards. But for millions, insecurity and exploitation are the norm.

We demand action on the cost of living. We demand a decent pay rise for all. And we demand a new deal for working people. We demand better.

Q&A with Frances


Accord has made a donation of

to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) appeal for humanitarian support in Ukraine

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