Unite blasts government's 'boy scout' cuts plea

A letter from the coalition government asking public sector workers for ideas for savings has been condemned by Unite.

The letter from David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg said: ‘Tell us your ideas about getting more for less. Don’t hold back. Be innovative, be radical, challenge the way things are done.’

But Unite says its members want an end to the expensive privatisation of public services rather than the axing of facilities including libraries and swimming pools.

Gail Cartmell, Unite’s assistant general secretary for public services, said: ‘The fact that this letter has been sent out smacks of seeking ‘boy scout’ solutions. It is ludicrous to ask people for their suggestions to make savings, when the government has already decided on the biggest round of public sector cuts since the 1930s.’

Unite will be mounting a Valuing Public Services campaign against the coalition government’s austerity programme.

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