Sajid Javid mentioned the British “are amongst the hardest-working on the earth” when requested about Ms Truss’s declare that the nation wants to supply “extra graft”.
She additionally mentioned that productiveness was “very, very totally different in London from the remainder of the nation”, claiming this was “partly a mindset and angle factor” within the leaked audio clip from 2017.
Mr Javid instructed Sky Information: “That remark, as I perceive it, was made a lot of years in the past. I don’t know the precise context that was made in.
“What I additionally heard her say was that the productiveness within the UK versus different comparable international locations is usually decrease and that’s been a longstanding UK drawback and that doesn’t occur as a result of British employees don’t work exhausting.
“British employees are amongst the hardest-working on the earth.”
He added: “I believe what she’s speaking about is enterprise and funding, as a result of to extend productiveness the Authorities in fact has an enormous position to play – there’s capital funding, issues like infrastructure funding, these areas that get extra of it usually in fact can do higher by way of productiveness.
“It’s additionally about abilities funding and ensuring that we’re investing in abilities throughout the nation, not simply within the capital or the South East however proper throughout the nation, and that’s what’s going to make the distinction.”
Within the leaked audio clip, obtained by the Guardian, Ms Truss is heard saying: “There’s a basic situation of British working tradition.
“Basically, if we’re going to be a richer nation and a extra affluent nation, that should change. However I don’t assume individuals are that eager to vary that.”
She added: “However truly what must occur is extra graft. It’s not a preferred message.”
The feedback had been made in 2017 when Ms Truss was a Treasury minister.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Jonathan Ashworth branded it “grossly offensive” and mentioned the Tory management frontrunner was calling “British employees lazy”.
Earlier this month on the marketing campaign path, Ms Truss was pressured to desert an £8.8 billion plan which may have seen public sector pay slashed outdoors London.
She scrapped the plan for regional pay boards a bit over 12 hours after saying it.