Over 10,000 Labour and trade union activists have backed a “people’s plan” put forward by the Labour Assembly Against Austerity as an alternative to the government’s coronavirus economic response, LabourList can reveal.
The Conservatives will oversee an end to the national furlough scheme this month, which risks the livelihoods of thousands across the country as Covid-19 rules continue to badly affect sectors such as hospitality.
The Chancellor announced last week that local furlough schemes will be available in areas under the toughest restrictions, but employees will have 67% of their wages paid for by the government and employers will not need to top them up.
As well as leaving workers to be paid under the minimum wage, the scheme will not be offered to businesses hit hard but not forced to shut, and millions of workers remain excluded from any kind of government financial support.
Analysis by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) has found that only 230,000 jobs will be saved by Rishi Sunak’s measures, and that just under two million people in otherwise viable work will be made unemployed.