David Cameron’s legacy will be felt all too acutely by those workers earning a low wage or in insecure work who will be shut out from his housing promise Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 7 October).
Unite was commenting on David Cameron’s conference speech, which the union said, would ‘offer little reassurance to those bracing themselves for the impact of Tory cuts ’.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “David Cameron’s legacy will be all too visible to those on low wages or who are bracing themselves for the next swing of the Conservative cuts’ axe, like the three million low-waged families about to be stripped of more than a £1,000-a-year thanks to his government.
“His stubborn adherence to the bankrupt political philosophy of austerity with the slowest economic recovery in history; missing their own deficit reduction targets; three successive months of rising unemployment; and the longest fall in living standards since the 1870s.
“But he and George Osborne are determined to press on with even deeper cuts that will destroy our public services.
“People wanted to hear today that the government would at last do something to create decent work in this country and not sit on the sidelines as millions slide into insecurity and our manufacturing industry is left to rot. To them, these promised new homes to buy are as achievable as a trip to the moon.
“If this prime minister does leave a lasting legacy, it will be that people are `on their own’.
“As for the housing pledge, this fools nobody. We need to build at least 240,000 additional homes annually to keep up with the new households that are formed – last year only 140,000 were built.
“What is needed is genuinely affordable homes for all – closing the door to council house building is a grievous mistake by the prime minister, but one that ordinary people will continue to pay dearly for in the years to come.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.