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UNISON RESPONDS TO LABOUR'S PUBLIC SPENDING PLANS

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Rodney Bickerstaffe, Unison general secretary, said of shadow chancellor Gordon Brown's public spending plans: ...
Rodney Bickerstaffe, Unison general secretary, said of shadow chancellor Gordon Brown's public spending plans:

'While our hopes are high for a new government, our expectations are not for overnight success from quick-fix solutions. We will be looking for certain and steady progress on a number of fronts, and public sector pay is an important one. Fewer and lower paid public sector workers can only mean worse public services.

'It cannot be unreasonable to look for a living wage for those who help make a decent and civilised society. If the Labour party says what it means and means what it says, and is committed to real social justice, attention will have to be given to the low paid and this will inevitably include public service workers.

'We ask for no favours. We ask for fairness.'
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