Wednesday 10 December 2003
Pre-Budget Report - UNISON reaction
General Secretary Dave Prentis, said: "We are pleased that the
Chancellor has stuck to his guns and continued to invest properly
in our public services; that he has allowed borrowing temporarily
to take the strain and we share his optimism for the economy.
"Particularly welcome is the extra money targetted at children
which will help reduce child poverty. And the new measures to help
working parents - UNISON has campaigned for years to get decent
Matt Smith, UNISON's Scottish Secretary said "We are pleased that
the overall level of investment for public services is being maintained.
We need to wait and see what the funding break down is here in Scotland,
before we can assess the impact on individual services.
"We are however, very concerned that changing the way of calculating
inflation will be used as an excuse to cut public sector pay increases.
To revitalise Scotland's public services we need to pay attractive
salaries to attract the nurses, social workers, nursery nurses and
other public service staff we need to deliver the improved services
we all want."
For Further Information Please Contact: Matt Smith (Scottish
Secretary) 0845 355 0845(w) 07771 548 997(m) Chris Bartter (Communications
Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)