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Osborne slams unions, defends growth plans


Strikes ‘totally irresponsible’, says Osborne

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George Osborne has slammed striking union members as being “totally irresponsible” while defending his own plans for growing the UK economy.

In a speech to his party members in Manchester, the chancellor said that now is the wrong time for unions to be downing tools and described their actions as potentially jeopardising both jobs and economic growth.

He backed measures like the reduction of corporate tax as evidence of the Treasury’s support for companies and said: “Don’t tell me this government isn’t going for growth.”

“I will intervene where the market doesn’t work and set it free where it does,” he said.

Specific policy announcement were few but he suggested he wanted to make it easier for businesses to hire and fire, with employers soon to be granted a two year period before they face the possibility of an unfair dismissal tribunal.

“We have to help businesses create tomorrow’s jobs…we have to get Britain making things again,” the chancellor told the Conservative Party conference.

He ended his speech by saying: “I don’t pretend to you that these are not difficult days and there are not difficult days to come but together we will ride out the storm and move on to the calmer seas beyond.”

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