Extend furlough scheme to stop 'tsunami of job losses', urges TUC

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(Source: Sky News)

The leader of the UK's six million trade union members has demanded an extension of the coronavirus furlough scheme to prevent "a tsunami of job losses".

In a direct appeal to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said the pandemic would not end in October, so neither should government support for jobs.

She pledged to work with Mr Sunak, as unions did in setting up the furlough scheme, to stop "the catastrophe of mass unemployment" and urged him: "Don't walk away."

Ms O'Grady's plea came in her keynote speech at a two-day COVID-secure TUC conference in London, with a small invited group in Congress House and union members across Britain joining online.

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