Friday 6 July 2018 / 12:11 PM Rebecca Long Bailey

Prioritise productivity not countryside cabinet squabbles

Rebecca Long Bailey, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on new ONS productivity figures, said:


Today’s productivity figures again confirm that the Government’s lacklustre industrial strategy and the way that they have casually ignored the voices of unions and business during Brexit negotiations is severely threatening Britain’s economic future.


Improving productivity is essential in order to increase wages and living standards, so rather than hosting shambolic cabinet squabbles in the countryside, the Government should be prioritising industry and household incomes.


There is no sign of the UK closing the productivity gap with other G7 economies such as France, Germany and the USA. The Government is failing the people of this country.


Labour’s Industrial Strategy will provide the real investment, direction and confidence that businesses and workers are lacking, improving productivity and creating an economy that works for the many, not the few.