Unite chief warns of Osborne’s ‘long term economic pain’

Unite chief warns of Osborne’s ‘long term economic pain’

03 December 2014

George Osborne’s talk of an economic recovery will be viewed as a figment of his imagination, warned the leader of Britain’s largest union, Unite as he responded to today’s (Wednesday 3 December) autumn statement.

Commenting Len McCluskey Unite general secretary said: “The vast majority of people listening to George Osborne talking about an economic recovery will think it’s a figment of his imagination. 

“This is a phoney recovery, built on dangerous levels of consumer debt that are the highest across Europe, run up as people borrow to get by because his government’s policies have made people poorer, the rich richer and cut income to the Treasury.  Not only are the people worse off since he took office, but so is the nation.  

“Today we heard nothing that would reverse wage stagnation or end the curse of low paid work now the norm for millions and their families. We heard little concrete about the creation of decent jobs or building homes.  And the money to the NHS, while welcome, will struggle to undo the damage done to our health service by his party’s ruinous privatisation drive.

“People will shudder then when George Osborne talks of being given the opportunity to finish the job, because they know that means finishing off our public services and destroying slender hopes that work in this country will one day pay again. 

“The truth is that this government’s long term economic plan means long term economic pain for the ordinary, decent people of this country.  His threat of £48 billion more in cuts will force this country further and further into financial dark waters.

“People across the nation are crying out for action on wages, for security at work and the ability to put an affordable roof above their head. There was nothing in this autumn statement to offer any of this.”


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

Twitter: @unitetheunion Facebook: unitetheunion1 

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.