Osborne rearranged the furniture, what Britain needed was a plan B
- Published on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 16:47
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Responding to the budget today (23 March) Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "George Osborne just rearranged the furniture, when Britain needed a plan B
"Growth is shrinking, unemployment is on the rise, wages are falling or stagnant and this government is creating a lost generation of young people. No one should be fooled by this budget, it's a mirage from the architect of the most devastating cuts to jobs and services in generations.
“What is on offer is tax cuts and deregulation for corporations, whilst attacking workers’ rights in small companies. This budget has not actually created any jobs. The tax avoidance measures to claw back £1 billion of taxes is a drop in the ocean compared with the £30 billion of taxes lost through avoidance every year. If you are struggling to make ends meet, there is very little in this budget to help you."
The findings of a significant study of 140,000 working people and their journey through the cuts will be revealed to the media tomorrow (Thursday 24 March) ahead of the massive demonstration against the cuts in the capital on 26 March. The findings will expose a bleak picture of life under the Tory-led government showing working people face a collapse in living standards and a future of insecure work.
Thousands of people have also sent in qualitative reports on how the cuts’ programme is impacting their families' lives. These comments will also be available for the media to view, offering an insight into why thousands of people will feel compelled to march on Saturday.