big society scissorThe Government has argued that spending cuts are needed to tackle the economic crisis.

The Trade Union Co-ordinating Group understands that the public sector works together as a whole – with each arm providing important services to make society function properly and allow people to live in dignity. Therefore, the TUCG stands alongside other unions in opposing all cuts.

Mass co-ordinated strike action is needed to stop the government's cuts to living standards and jobs and to defeat austerity, the Public and Commercial Services union said at the TUC congress.

Speaking in the main debate on the economy, the union's national president Janice Godrich outlined some of the realities behind the government's claims of economic recovery, including:
- 13 million living in poverty, up by a million since David Cameron came to power
- 1.8 million families on housing waiting lists
- half a million people now reliant on food banks
- one million workers languishing on zero hour contracts
- 2.5 million unemployed and 6.8 million more looking for more work

Read more: PCS: MASS JOINT STRIKES NEEDED TO DEFEAT AUSTERITY

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New plans from fire minister Brandon Lewis to privatise the whole of Britain’s fire and rescue service will cost lives, says Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack. 

Mr Lewis has written to the Regulatory Reform Committee at Westminster seeking views on new laws to “enable fire and rescue authorities in England to contract out their full range of services to a suitable provider”.

But Mr Wrack said: “Just privatising parts of the service has already brought near-disaster. AssetCo, which was given the contract to maintain London’s and Lincolnshire’s fleets of fire engines, failed to do so properly and, when the company collapsed, could have lost them altogether to AssetCo’s creditors.

“While profiting from our public service they were unable to meet their commitments to maintain and renew fire engines and equipment. London and Lincolnshire firefighters reported all kinds of problems.

“These proposals are grotesque and if they come to fruition will sacrifice lives on the altar of profit. This is the same disastrous model that has been used in the health service, the rail industry and local government to slash services while providing bountiful profits for private companies.”

Read more: FBU: PRIVATISATION PLANS WILL "SACRIFICE LIVES ON THE ALTAR OF PROFIT"

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By PCS Press Office 25 June 2012

Tens of thousands of PCS members in HM Revenue and Customs are on strike today, with picket lines held at more than 100 offices across the UK.

The industrial action is over the government's plan to axe a further 10,000 HMRC jobs, on top of 30,000 that have gone since the department was formed in 2005.

Face to face tax offices have been closed or running a vastly reduced service and calls to telephone enquiry lines are being met with a recorded announcement advising people to call back on Wednesday or "even later in the week".

Read more: TENS OF THOUSANDS OF REVENUE STAFF STRIKE AGAINST DAMAGING CUTS

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FBU Press Release June 21st 2012

Essex fire crews have set five periods of strike action in a dispute over frontline cuts and changes imposed without agreement. The fire authority has refused joint talks proposed by the FBU while the chief officer says he can’t reach a deal in key areas without fire authority approval. The Fire Brigades Union says that Essex will have lost one in five frontline firefighters since 2008 if the current round of planned cuts go ahead. Response times to house fires are now taking longer and specialist rescue equipment is not as readily available.

Read more: ESSEX FIRE CREWS SET FIVE STRIKES IN DISPUTE OVER FRONTLINE CUTS

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By Owen Jones

There is no alternative: the only way out of Britain’s current economic plight is massive cuts to public spending. Taxes on the Owen Joneswealthiest must be slashed: they are blocks on aspiration and economically counterproductive. Austerity is the only game in town.

Or so we have been told ever since the Coalition was formed in the rose gardens of Number 10 Downing Street. The overwhelming majority of the media has gladly reinforced the Government line, and those voices calling for an alternative have been marginalised and ignored.

Read more: THE AUSTERITY CONSENSUS HAS COLLAPSED

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BOOK: COST OF LIVING CRISIS

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By MIchael Calderbank

Foreword by Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary

 

Buy now from www.radicalread.co.uk

Based on research commissioned by the TUCG, the book examines why costs have risen for all items of expenditure, ranging from housing and child care to food and transport. He makes practical proposals on how these costs can be reduced. He also delivers an uncompromising message to the leaders of all mainstream Westminster Parties: it is time to end the politics of austerity, an ideological project to cut the size of the state permanently.

FAMILY JUSTICE

New pamphlet on the effect of legal aid cuts on Family Justice.  Double click the picture below to dowload.

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THE GREAT PAY ROBBERY

 

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The impact of falling real wages, benefit cuts and soaring housing costs - with a foreword by Mark Serwotka (General Secretary, PCS).  Click image to download.

COST OF LIVING CRISIS

Cost of Living

 

 Click the image to download the new pamphlet from TUCG, looking at how the cost of living is impacting on working families, and what kind of measures are needed to really make a difference (with a foreword by Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary).

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