There is a better way -
Start building for 20 October
UNISON will continue to put forward an
alternative economic strategy focused on building a successful
economy in order to support a better society.
This economic strategy based on reality,
not the coalition myths - a strategy that will create
demand in the economy,
will create employment through investment in skills and
infrastructure, and that sees investment in public services
as a boost to the economy.
"We have already agreed it wasn't the nurses, janitors,
social workers or any other public sector worker who
broke the bank" said Jane Carolan, NEC.
"And it wasn't just the bankers, financiers
and speculators on their own, but a rampant free market
unregulated and unfettered by either national or
Jane slammed the Tory austerity agenda,
an agenda not borne out of economic necessity but of
ideology that seeks to diminish the state, an agenda
no economic sense whatsoever.
"Public services slashed, unemployment rising, for a million young people
the future is bleak. There is no economic growth. Our economy is in recession.
Income is falling for the nation and for the individuals while basic prices
rise. But the millionaires cheered their tax cut from Cameron."
"As a union, we have to speak out for our members to defend their jobs
and standards of living. But as a union that believes in social justice we
also need to speak
out for the unemployed, those losing benefits, those reduced to poverty,
as the poorest lose most when public services are cut."
"Why don't we invest in public services to ensure that basic needs like
health and education are met? Build new social housing. Not just creating
jobs but tackling
"Mind you, there are cuts we support
- cancel Trident, cut military spending on unnecessary
wars, cut out PFI, cut privatisation, cut the use of
consultants. Those cuts will save over £100billion per year
to be put to good use."
Lillian Macer, Scottish Regional Delegate,
said that the coalition austerity measure have indeed, as we told
them, proven to be avoidable,
"UNISON Scotland through the STUC
will continue to pursue the There is a Better Way Campaign
with passion, vigour and new ideas for a better society.
“We will continue to expose the coalition for what they are - idealogues
pursing an agenda to benefit theirselves and their superwealthy
Support the Alternative on October 20th!
UNISON's alternative budget http://www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/18887.pdf