Growth and infrastructure bill a 'dog's breakf...

Growth and infrastructure bill a 'dog's breakfast' says Unite

18 October 2012
Unite, Britain's biggest union, has called the government's Growth and Infrastructure bill a “dog's breakfast” which will do nothing to help the struggling economy.

The measures include planning reforms and also allowing companies to offer "employee-owner" status where workers receive tax-free shares in return for watering down rights.

But Unite say that the planning proposals nobody wants will do nothing to address the five million people who need housing, while the government's rights proposals won't create a single job.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "This bill is yet another dog's breakfast from the Tories who don't have a real plan to get Britain's economy back on track. This country needs much more than tinkering at the edges and their barmy proposals.

"The plan to allow workers to sell their rights is plain stupid. It will actually create more red tape for employers rather than reduce it and will do nothing to boost the economy.

"Britain needs a substantial plan to boost the economy, but instead we get policy made on the hoof and madcap schemes which won't work."

Thousands of Unite members from across the UK are gearing up to join the TUC backed march for 'a future that works’ on Saturday 20 October.


Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors:

  • 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.