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.

In relation to pensions, ministers took to the airwaves and suggested that the Hutton report's projected falling costs was based on certain assumed changes that the unions were opposing, including the change in the inflation measure for indexation from RPI to CPI.

Read more: Are public sector pensions affordable?

Public Services and Privatisation

The government clearly wishes to privatise unpaid work and hostels and look at the feasibility of putting out to tender probation programmes and even an entire probation trust.  The Probation Service is also facing unprecedented cuts as a consequence of the government’s U turn on sentencing reform.  The government says it believes that the introduction of market forces would increase efficiency and effectiveness.  In reality the strategy is about saving money, is ideologically driven, will reduce standards, introduce profits and reduce community accountability. Napo believes that all initiatives that have involved the private sector in probation work in the past have either been problematic or have failed.

Read more: Privatisation and Probation – Problematic and flawed

Public Services and Privatisation

Last week John Cridland, director of the CBI, dismissed the impact that public sector union strikes could have. He said: "Today the most they can do is disrupt people's lives – it probably won't disrupt the economy." (reported in Guardian)

Read more: Why the private sector is no model for the public sector to emulate

Public Services and Privatisation

Thousands of striking public sector workers attended a rally in London on 30th June to send a powerful message to the government that they are prepared fight attacks on pensions and cuts in services and jobs on the biggest day of co-ordinated public sector strike for a generation.

Read more: 84% of PCS Members Out!

Public Services and Privatisation

PCS members are on strike on Thursday over jobs, pensions and pay. The assault they face is multifaceted, unprecedented and clearly ideological - and perhaps more shockingly it represents only a fraction of the £80 billion cuts programme of this coalition government.

Read more: And so the fightback begins

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THE FIREFIGHTERS' DILEMMA

TUCG: MARK SERWOTKA ON THE FIGHT AGAINST AUSTERITY

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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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