Speaking at the launch of Unite’s economic strategy at Stormont, Mr McGuinness said;
“We cannot stand aside and passively accept the swingeing cuts being pursued by a Conservative government wedded to an austerity agenda.
“The Tories may have been dealt a major blow this week after the House of Lords voted to delay tax credit cuts and to compensate those affected in full.
“But George Osborne’s assault on the welfare system and the most vulnerable people in society isn’t over. He will be back because this is a matter of ideology for the Tories.
“This arrogance must be confronted and challenged at every opportunity.
“These challenges are best faced by working together and I welcome the proposals put forward by Unite.
“It is time for everyone across civic society to join together to challenge Tory austerity in order to protect the least well off in our communities.”