Responding to today’s (Wednesday 26 June) comprehensive spending review, Britain’s largest union Unite accused George Osborne of being a ‘no hope, no growth’ chancellor who is casting the UK into the economic gloom for years to come.
Commenting, Len McCluskey general secretary of Unite, said: “George Osborne’s comprehensive spending review offers no hope and no growth and will cast the UK into economic gloom for the next decade.
“With over 80 per cent of the cuts yet to come, it is clear that there will be no let-up in the misery that the coalition is inflicting on ordinary families trying to make ends meet.
“Don’t expect this chancellor to create jobs for our kids, to support families struggling with soaring energy bills or ease off on the destruction of our NHS.
“Instead, we face a future of economic misery where the chill winds of self-defeating austerity continue to howl through town halls and communities up and down the country. Services that people rely on are already at breaking point and local authorities will be pushed to the brink of going bust thanks to this further round of cuts.
“With our economy on life support, our nation desperately needs spades in the ground to get Britain building. We need spending to boost jobs and growth now, not in five or 10 years time and an end to the economic misery this chancellor is causing.”
For further information contact Alex Flynn, Unite head of media and campaigns, on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665 869.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.