Oh Jeremy Corbyn: TUC Congress delegates lap up Labour leader's speech

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

Corbyn is also expected to draw attention to the risks of the so-called "gig economy", arguing it has had a deteriorating effect on the mental health of a lot workers.

His speech will target young people in particular, who are likely to be attracted by the "modern and dynamic" image of the gig economy.

"Trade unions don't just defend their members; they defend the institutions that benefit all employees: our NHS, our schools, our social care system: and they defend our rights".

He will say they are a "source of continuous worry and insecurity for millions of people".

Throughout the general election campaign many Labour supporters used the chant to show support for the party leader before it became the surprise soundtrack to the Glastonbury festival.

Mr Corbyn said he had ruled out "anything that involved dancing" adding that "the reason is: my dancing is awful".

The issue of public sector pay has dominated the conference, with the TUC warning the government against "cherry-picking" some workers for pay rises. "That principle applies in the workplace too".

But, after a tour created to capitalise on Mr Corbyn's growing popularity with the general public since the general election, he told the BBC's World at One he would never appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

Since March successful strike ballots have had to achieve a 50% turnout for legal industrial action to go ahead.

The end of the public sector pay cap, which has been in place since 2013, was announced on Tuesday - as prison officers were given a 1.7% rise and police officers got a 2% rise, if a 1% one-off bonus was included, this year.

But Mr Corbyn said that with inflation running at 2.9%, even these pay rises amounted to a pay cut in real terms.

Also in his TUC congress speech, Mr Corbyn will set out his party's "jobs first" plan for Brexit, the day after he was accused of presenting a muddled policy on single market membership. As we pledged at the election, we want to see them replaced by fair rules and reasonable management of migration that put jobs, living standards and the economy first, not fake immigration targets, as the Tories do, that will never be met.

Widening his attack on the government's economic record, the Labour leader quoted comments reportedly made by Chancellor Philip Hammond to Tory MPs last week, compared his words with Harold Macmillan's famous claim that most Britons "have never had it so good".

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