Greens and trade unionists will fight cuts together

By staff writers
14 Sep 2010

Leading trade unionists and the Green Party have declared that they will work together to fight the cuts to public services proposed by the coalition government.

Billy Hayes, General Secretary of the Communication Workers' Union (CWU), emphasised the Green Party's key role in the anti-cuts campaign as he addressed the party's conference.

In the week of the Trade Union Congress, Hayes also set out his union's opposition to the imminent spending cuts.

Hayes told the Greens that, "The CWU rejects this manufactured consensus that public service cuts are necessary. The private sector caused this recession and now the government has unfairly chosen to attack the public sector”.

He added, “Our priority is to expand the economy out of recession”.

Speaking alongside Billy Hayes, the Green Party deputy leader, Adrian Ramsay, voiced the party's anger at the coalition's plans. He argued that “Unemployment, rather than the deficit, is now the biggest economic problem that we face”.

He said he was “delighted to be working with Billy and his union to protect public services from cuts and privatisation and to show that a different economy, driven by Green party values, is possible”.

Ramsay went on to call for investment in green jobs. "Dismantling our public services is no way to build a fair society and it's no way to build a strong economy,” he said, “We need more green jobs to increase employment, aid economic recovery and build a sustainable economy for the future”.

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