12 May 2010
Statement by UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis in response to the Tory/LibDem coalition government:
"We now face our biggest challenge ever. Without a strong union, no public service will be safe from privatisation and cuts. Without a strong union, no public service worker’s pay and pension will be secure.
The LibDems have already ditched their promise to oppose the Tories' plans for £6bn cuts this year. This will put the recovery at risk, and cost thousands of jobs. Plans for more cuts will follow, hitting communities hard.
We will fight tooth and nail to protect our members and the vital jobs they do.
We will seek to build strong alliances, particularly with local communities and service users, to campaign against cuts and privatisation.
I call on every member and activist – however you voted at the general election – to join us in the fight of our lives to defend our vital public services."
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