Len McCluskey is general secretary of Unite the Union

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Len McCluskey is general secretary of Unite the Union

Union calls for immediate government action to save workers and business from ‘cliff edge’

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Mike Starling

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – 10:04am

Union leader Len McCluskey has requested an emergency meeting with Boris Johnson to plead the case for extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in order to prevent the “redundancy floodgates” from opening.

Today marks 45 days until the furlough scheme comes to an end – “the same amount of time that employers must give for notice of redundancy”, says the BBC. 

In a letter to the prime minister, Unite boss McCluskey (pictured above) warns that the milestone could be a “very bleak” day for UK jobs, with a “miserable winter and Christmas” looming for workers.

‘Comprehensive plan is vital’

Data released this week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that a total of 695,000 payroll jobs were lost in the first five months of the pandemic, with the total number of people out of work standing at 1.4 million.

McCluskey is calling on Johnson to minimise further redundancies by moving swiftly to “put a floor” under employers through the modification of the furlough scheme, currently due to end on 31 October. The union is also urging the government to provide targeted assistance for sectors such as manufacturing, aviation and hospitality. 

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