In the US, Joe Biden is backing the unions. Britain can only look on in envy | Martin Kettle

In the US, Joe Biden is backing the unions. Britain can only look on in envy | Martin Kettle

The Guardian

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The UK needs a political leader who will follow the US president – and put dignified work at the heart of our post-Covid recovery

Last week, Joe Biden unveiled a $2tn infrastructure renewal plan whose boldness and scale caught the attention of the world. He began his launch speech in Pittsburgh with a particularly striking affirmation. “I’m a union guy,” the president said. “I support unions. Unions built the middle class. It’s about time they start to get a piece of the action.”

Biden’s American Jobs Plan consists of many more substantial things than this warm rhetorical embrace of America’s trade unions. The package involves massive federal investment in transport, housing, green jobs, electric cars, social care and much else besides. And Biden has vowed to reverse much of Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts on companies and the wealthy in order to pay for it.

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