Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has condemned George Osborne for vowing to continue to challenge the introduction of an EU financial transaction tax as Europe's top court rejected the UK's initial legal challenge to the introduction of the tax.
In a move that will be widely condemned by voters, the government is going to continue to challenge the transaction tax in the courts.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “George Osborne is forcing austerity on the British people so his friends in the City don’t have to clean up the financial wreckage they caused.
“It’s no surprise that the government has confirmed that it will challenge the European Court of Justice’s decision just as the government is opposing the EU cap on bankers’ bonuses in the courts.
“It’s clear proof that this government will back spivs and speculators at the expense of our schools and hospitals. What should make the people of our country really angry is that this government will use our taxes to support legal challenges on behalf of the very people who wrecked our economy.”
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Notes for 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.