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British Trade Unions Decry Cuts Agenda

Service : Economy
TEHRAN, March 25 (ICANA) – The UK trade union movement should do whatever it can to halt the government's agenda of cuts, says Civil Service union PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka.
Friday, March 25, 2011 12:14:57 PM
British Trade Unions Decry Cuts Agenda

Serwotka made the plea while speaking to dozens of people, including (Public and Commercial Services) PCS protesters, War on Want members and members of Jubilee Debt campaign who had gathered outside the parliament building when Chancellor George Osborne was submitting his "millionaires'" Budget.

The protesters urged the government to close the tax loopholes, which are being exploited by big businesses.

PCS has carried out a research whose results indicate that big business tax avoidance and evasion costs the Treasury £120 billion annually.

Serwotka told the crowd that trade union and tax justice campaigners had the "right answers" but weren't being heard by the government.

Following Chancellor Osborne's decision to cut corporation tax by a further 2 percent to 23 percent - the lowest in 40 years - the PCS general secretary said the Budget was "for millionaires, by millionaires."

"We should be investing in public services, not cutting tens of thousands of jobs in tax offices," he said.

Serwotka insisted that people were "prepared to do more" following the TUC demonstration, adding that his union was committed to coordinated industrial action to "force" the government back down.

Executive director of charity War on Want John Hilary said the government was making a "political choice" to make deep cuts.

"What we are proposing with PCS is viable right now," he said.

"To not act is a political choice not an economic necessity."

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