McCluskey: Labour offers a credible economic alternati...

McCluskey: Labour offers a credible economic alternative to self-defeating austerity

11 March 2016

Labour offers people a credible alternative and would secure a brighter future for our young people said the leader of Britain’s largest union, Unite today (Friday 11 March).

Responding to today’s speech by the shadow chancellor John McDonnell MP, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “At last people will be able to see that there is an intelligent, credible alternative to the mindless austerity that the Conservatives persist with.

“When George Osborne rams through further cuts to public spending in his budget next week leaving our police, children and social care services unable to function as they should, the public will know that this is because the government is doing it out of political choice and not necessity.

“Every notable global economic body now says that austerity is failing. Only recently the OECD pleaded with the chancellor to approach the economy differently because his policies are not working, evidenced by the fact that he misses every target he sets himself, and are actually now endangering any real recovery.

“John McDonnell is showing what that difference could be. It means using the prevailing economic conditions to work for the people, not against them, with investment to stimulate confidence. 

“Where this government is sucking the life out of the economy with wage stagnation and super-charged insecurity, Labour is planning to restore growth and expand our national asset base by building the homes we need and improving our ailing infrastructure.

“This will be music to the ears of people up and down the country but especially to our young people desperate to forge a secure and brighter future. At long last they are being offered a hopeful alternative to the misery and ruined life chances that this government causes.”


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

Notes to editors:

  • 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.