called on the government to forget cuts in the basic rate of income tax in
next week's budget and to instead invest in local government services.
Malcolm Wing, UNISON head of local government, said :
'There are very few areas of peoples' lives that are not touched by local
government workers. Our members work under increased pressure in social
services, as nursery nurses, home helps, and in care homes for the elderly,
they deal with refugees, the homeless as well as looking after leisure
facilities such as parks, swimming pools, and libraries.
'UNISON's aim is to get the government to invest in workforce development,
single status and best value. The private sector knows that if you want to
make changes you have to invest and local government is crying out for a
budget boost. It needs pump priming to meet the modernisation agenda.
'Local government workers need to feel valued. Morale is at an all time low,
not just because of pay but because of increased demand from the public,
increased demand for improvements to services and yet they also live with
the day to day uncertainty of cuts to pay and conditions and privatisation.'