GOVERNMENT attacks on public-sector workers are “an abomination,” Unison president Maureen Le Marinel declared yesterday.
Highlighting the “triple jeopardy” of austerity, privatisation and pay cuts in her keynote address to the public service union’s national conference, Ms Le Marinel warned the Tories were “tying the country into a circle of decline until at least 2020.”
And she reminded delegates that the Tory-led government was determined to sell off the country’s greatest assets.
“Look at the roll call of privatisation — the NHS, the Royal Mail, the probation service,” Ms Le Marinel said.
Child protection services could be next to go, with Education Secretary Michael Gove carving out another lucrative opportunity for big ousourcing firms that could see the likes of G4S and Serco looking after vulnerable children.
Hitting out at the government’s “risible” 1 per cent pay offer Ms Le Marinel told local government workers “you know what to do” — vote yes in their strike ballot, which closes next Monday.