Myths about the ‘crisis’
public services will boost the private sector ....” WRONG
For every one job cut in the public sector at least one
is lost in the private sector. (Treasury report Guardian
29 June) Cuts don’t just damage essential services, they
damage the whole economy.
About 70p of each £1 a public service worker earns is spent
in their own community. Pay cuts and job losses will damage
local businesses and local jobs.
“The national debt has never been higher... we can’t
afford public services and benefits.....” WRONG
The national debt was proportionately four times higher
in 1948 but the government could still afford to introduce
the NHS, the Welfare State and a huge house building programme!
“Cutting public spending will get us out of recession....”
Recent reports from the International Monetary Fund and
the OECD warn that cuts are grinding the whole economy down,
risking the disaster of a double-dip recession. The last
three month trade gap was the worst on record (Guardian
9 Sept, Herald 11 Sept). Public services and industry
need investment not cuts!
“We’re all in this together....” WRONG
The poorest families will be hit five times worse than
top earners by government cuts (Institute for Fiscal Studies
August 2010). Meanwhile bankers go on collecting bonuses,
top businesses go on paying no corporation tax and billions
are lost through tax avoidance by the very rich.
Drawn with thanks from ideas and information
from participants in this year’s UNISON National Leadership
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