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Unions dismiss Chancellor’s budget for the few

9 July 2015

The Trade Union Co-ordinating Group (TUCG) has condemned George Osborne’s budget statement as a relentless attack on society’s poorest and most vulnerable. The TUCG currently comprises nine trade unions BFAWU, FBU, NAPO, NUJ, NUT, PCS, POA, RMT, and URTU and represents just under one million trade unionists throughout the UK.

NUJ general secretary, Michelle Stanistreet, said:

"Forcing the BBC to pick up the tab for the TV licences for over-75s is a cheap shot of the Chancellor's, raiding licence-fee payers' money to prop up his austerity budget.
"I'm sure those individuals running the BBC have kidded themselves into believing they've got the best deal possible. But there will be many more millions of licence fee payers who roundly object to the principle of the BBC allowing itself to be annexed by the Department for Work and Pensions."

NUT general secretary, Christine Blower, said:

"We should all be concerned by the government’s addiction to austerity. In the midst of the slowest recovery on record, we need urgent additional investment in public services including education.

"With the value of pay for teachers and many others slashed in real terms, we need an urgent repair job on public sector workers’ living standards. Instead, this budget offers more of the same – the foundations of economic growth eroded instead of strengthened, and more bad news for teachers and parents."

URTU general secretary, Bob Monks, said:

"Yet again the Tories have offered a budget for the rich to the detriment of the poorest. Their unrelenting attacks on workers, pensioners, students and the disabled are further proof of their unwavering support for society’s richest."

FBU general secretary, Matt Wrack, said:

"The last government stole firefighters’ pensions, and the newly elected government now want to restrict public sector pay to a 1 per cent rise not just this year but for four years. Firefighters already feel undervalued.

"This is a very disappointing budget, which will mean strife, conflict and chaos in the public sector."

PCS general secretary, Mark Serwotka, said:

"Cutting social security support from the unemployed, the low paid, and sick and disabled people must rank among the lowest and most despicable acts of any government in recent times.

"Osborne hypocritically talks about cutting tax credits to increase wages while the last government cut living standards for civil servants by up to 20 per cent and he now plans four more years of pay caps."

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