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.

Britain’s economic landscape is blighted by economic misery and social exclusion. Nearly 2.5 million people are officially unemployed and 1.5 million are working part-time but would like a full-time job. Youth unemployment is heading towards the one million mark and graduate unemployment is around 20 per cent. Approximately 13.2 million people, including 2.8 million children and 1.8 million pensioners, are living in poverty. Britain’s state pension, as a percentage of average earnings, is the lowest in western Europe. Some 15 per cent of high street shops are empty and the Government’s austerity measures are set to deepen the misery. This is the stark reality of the world’s sixth largest economy and the third largest in Europe. So where does all the wealth go? The answer to this question is crucial because it has a bearing on the possibilities of building a sustainable economy and society.

Read more: Where has all the wealth of this country actually gone?

Public Services and Privatisation

On 31 March 2011, the Secretary of State for Justice Kenneth Clarke, in a statement to the House of Commons, announced that HMP Birmingham would be the first ever public-sector prison to be privatised. In addition that multinational privateer G4S would be awarded a contract to run a new build prison Featherstone 2 and that fellow-privateer Serco had been re-awarded the contract to run HMP/YOI Doncaster – on an untried ‘payments by results’ basis. G4S was awarded the contract under a market testing process, which began under former Labour justice secretary Jack Straw, that allowed private companies to bid for four prison contracts alongside the public sector.

Read more: Prisons are not for Profit

Public Services and Privatisation

RMT General Secretary, Bob Crow, explains how the rail network has become a cash cow for businesses interested solely in risk-free profits.

Julian Glover says that Sir Roy McNulty's report on the railways, to be published today, "is unlikely to do much to dismantle the crazy structure created by privatisation"; but if he is prepared "to die in a ditch" to save them, he should start by identifying the enemy (I'd die in a ditch to save our hopelessly indebted railways, 16 May).

Read more: Don't blame the staff - it's privatisation that has failed our railways

Public Services and Privatisation

Speaking in relation to the launch of a new pamphlet published by the union that sets out a decisive defence of welfare and the entitlement to universal support, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said the coalition has used the economic crisis to try to unravel years of progress in protecting some of the most vulnerable in society.

Read more: Welfare state should be 'celebrated not destroyed'

Public Services and Privatisation

More than a quarter of a million civil and public servants will ballot for a strike over cuts to pensions, jobs and pay, following an overwhelming vote at the Public and Commercial Services union annual conference. Ballot papers will be issued from next week and the ballot will close mid-June, with the first action possible later that month. The union is working closely with education unions who are also balloting over pensions or have already voted and taken strike action, bringing the total to 750,000 union members.

Read more: PCS conference: A quarter of a million public servants to ballot for strike

Public Services and Privatisation






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By MIchael Calderbank

Foreword by Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary


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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.


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






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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


 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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