Sustained investment needed to fix years of Conservative cuts, says UNISON

Chancellor’s pledges nowhere near enough to tackle nine years of austerity

Commenting on the election spending pledges outlined by chancellor Sajid Javid today (Thursday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“After nine long years of spending cuts, this is nowhere near enough to repair the damage done to budgets, services and staff in hospitals, schools, police stations and town halls across the country.

“The chancellor’s triumphant talk of rising wages will ring hollow for public sector workers whose pay fell victim to austerity, with their wages capped or frozen year after year.

“The Conservatives can’t be trusted with the NHS or any other public service. The UK needs a sustained programme of investment in services and staff – and this isn’t it.”

Notes to editors
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.

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