Alternative to council cuts needed - TUC

PUBLISHED: 08:20 11 September 2012

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AUSTERITY measures are not working according to Weston and North Somerset Trades Union Council (TUC) ahead of its public meeting next week.

The Winter Gardens will play host to the conference in which the group and its members will outline its concerns with national and regional cuts.

A Weston TUC spokesman said everyone ought to be concerned whether they work in the public sector or not.

She said: “It is absolutely clear austerity isn’t working. The recent cabinet reshuffle will have no effect on the country’s dire economic circumstances - it is the policies that need changing.

“Those at the top of the income scale have seen their incomes increase, while ordinary working people have seen their incomes fall as wages are not keeping up with inflation.

“This then has a knock on effect on High Streets as people just aren’t spending.

“We need investment in new industries and job creation, increases in wages so that the minimum wage becomes a living wage, and we need to collect the £100 billion of taxes which every year go uncollected because of tax avoidance and evasion.”

Guest speakers will talk about how damaging local austerity measures have been to people with particular emphasis on the council’s youth service cuts and NHS pay reductions.

The talk will start at 7pm on September 19.

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