The general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, Frances O’Grady, said on Sunday that the government was not doing nearly enough to help with the cost of living crisis and that workers were being treated like “cash machines”.
She called on the chancellor to boost the minimum wage through an emergency budget, telling Sophy Ridge on Sky News: “All the evidence is that prices have been driven by increases in energy prices, certainly not wages, which are set to fall in real terms.
“What we need is for the chancellor, who I’m afraid woefully failed working families, to come back with that windfall tax on energy companies that would provide some immediate relief.”
The government will face a challenge from Labour on Monday to do more to tackle the cost of living crisis, including the steep rise in energy bills. Labour will put forward an amendment to the Queen’s speech for a one-off windfall tax to help families.
Ed Miliband, the shadow secretary of state for climate change and net zero, told Sunday Morning on BBC One: “We are going to give Conservative MPs, the whole House of Commons, a chance to vote on Tuesday on the windfall tax.
“I talked about the social emergency in this country. I think it is obscene, frankly, that we have as a result of soaring energy bills, oil and gas companies making billions of pounds in our country, and the government refuses to put a windfall tax on them … It is shameful. It should shame them.”