Unite, Britain's biggest union, says the chancellor's idea of aspiration is a warped one as he delivers a budget for the few by the few.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said:
"This is a budget for the few by the few that attacks the many."
"Millionaires are days away from getting a £40,000 tax cut from the Tories, but George Osborne is using the budget to attack hard-working public sector workers.
"The worst chancellor in British history has gone further by giving big business another tax cut while staff caring for the sick get pay cuts. This Chancellor's idea of aspiration is a warped one. Nurses, police and public servants take a pay hit, while corporations and millionaires are allowed to duck their tax duties to the nation.
"Borrowing is up, growth is halved again and the Chancellor is missing his debt targets. His litany of failures has left Britain hamstrung and there are no measures in the budget to give the economy the major boost it needs now. He is lining up the nation for further gloom and cuts in June through the spending review. His government means more misery for the majority.
"The heralded £10,000 tax threshold offers little hope other than an extra pound or two in low waged workers' pockets, while again helping the higher-waged.
"If he really wanted to show he was on the side of the worse off, who aspire to get through the week, he should have raised the national minimum wage by £1 and drop the senseless plan to give millionaires a tax break in a few days time."
Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.