Brendan Barber says proposals will make workers even more vulnerable


The TUC has condemned the government’s “vindictive” plans to remove benefits from low-paid workers who take strike action.

Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith yesterday announced he would stop workers claiming working tax credits if their income dropped below £13,000 due to stike action.

He said: “It is totally wrong that the current benefit system compensates workers and tops up their income when they go on strike. This is unfair to taxpayers and creates perverse incentives. Striking is a choice, and in future benefit claimants will have to pay the price for that choice, as under universal credit, we no longer will.”

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “This is petty and vindictive. Workers are always reluctant to strike, depriving their families of benefits will leave low-paid workers even more vulnerable to bad treatment.”

Labour said Iain Duncan Smith was “starving people back to work.”

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