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.

NUT Press Release 30 May 2012

Commenting on Michael Gove’s remarks to the Leveson Inquiry yesterday, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said: NUT

“The Education Secretary appears to have used the platform of the Leveson Inquiry to drop a heavy hint that free schools are likely to be allowed to make a profit in the event of the Conservatives winning a second term.

Read more: FREE SCHOOLS AND PROFIT

Public Services and Privatisation

By John McDonnell MP

In a poll just released by Class, the new trade union thinktank, over two-thirds of people are unaware that 90% of the government's spending cuts have yet to take effect. With only 10% of the cuts in place, the poll confirms that people are already calling for alternatives to austerity.

When offered a menu of ideas associated with François Hollande as alternatives to austerity, the response is overwhelming. Ninety-five per cent supported a growth strategy to create jobs and reduce unemployment; 70% agreed with redistributing wealth from the richest; 74% supported the creation of a national investment bank to lend to businesses for growth; and 73% backed support for young people to go to college or university.

Read more: ED MILIBAND MUST BE BOLD. THE APPETITE FOR PROGRESSIVE POLITICS IS NOW HUGE

Public Services and Privatisation

The management acknowledges that the BBC provides “the best journalism in the world” but the cuts outlined this October risk irreparable damage to the much-loved and internationally admired BBC.

Read more: BBC is risking irreparable damage to “the best journalism in the world”

Public Services and Privatisation

GDP figures today show the economy grew by a pitiful 0.2% in Q2 of 2011, throwing the OBR's growth estimate way off course - meaning Osborne must now focus on growth (but more likely will announce more cuts to deal with an expanding deficit).

Read more: GDP figures today show the economy grew by a pitiful 0.2% in Q2 of 2011

Public Services and Privatisation

Commenting on the Prime Minister's launch of the Government's White Paper setting out their vision for public services, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said; "This is a White Paper that is filled with nothing but contradictions. David Cameron's Big Society is shorthand for privatisation, pure and simple.

Read more: David Cameron's Big Society is shorthand for privatisation, pure and simple.

Public Services and Privatisation

Privatisation

THE FIREFIGHTERS' DILEMMA

TUCG: MARK SERWOTKA ON THE FIGHT AGAINST AUSTERITY

NO TTIP

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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