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Usdaw Conference 2022 Ministers must urgently address the worsening cost-of-living crisis, delegate hear

TORY ministers must urgently address the worsening cost-of-living crisis and introduce a new deal for workers, Usdaw demanded yesterday.

Addressing delegates on the opening day of the retail union’s annual conference, its president Jane Jones stressed people “need a strong union behind them more than ever” as prices continue to soar.

She told members in Blackpool: “We all know that the cost of everything seems to be going through the roof.

“Petrol, electricity, gas, food – the list might as well be endless. Many of our members are struggling to make ends meet, and that’s why we need urgent action.”

Referring to the “partygate” scandal, she contrasted the sacrifice of shop workers during the Covid-19 pandemic with a “world of after-work drinks, birthday parties and rule breaking” in Downing Street.

Ms Jones, who works for the Tesco supermarket, also said that Usdaw “won’t rest” until ministers in Westminster follow Scotland’s lead and introduce specific legislation to protect retail staff after incidents of abuse increased during the pandemic.

The health crisis led to the cancellation of the union’s 2020 conference and saw last year’s meeting forced online.

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