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NUT on The Economy

Commenting ahead of the debate on Motion 16, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said;

"The Government's cuts are damaging growth and strangling economic recovery. The policies being implemented will return us to the days of mass unemployment, run down communities and schools, not to mention a generation of young people with no future, either in further education or employment.

"Last month's Budget put paid to any idea that 'we are all in this together'. The Government pretends that it is protecting the living standards of ordinary people, but in reality - as inflation increases - the Chancellor is attacking the living standards of public sector workers by freezing their pay and increasing their pension contributions.

"There is an alternative to the Government's economic policy. Instead of attacking the public sector the Government should address tax avoidance and evasion. A Robin Hood tax of just 0.05% on financial transactions would raise £20 billion a year from banks. I have yet to hear a coherent argument against the Robin Hood Tax.

"The Government is aware that the public are angry at the ruthless way their livelihoods are being affected. The TUC march against the cuts showed the breadth and depth of support for an alternative to cuts, job losses and the break up of our public services. The NUT will continue to campaign through the TUC and with the many community groups which are now acting to ensure their voices are heard.

"The effect on a generation of young people with no prospect of education or employment will be devastating. It is unacceptable to leave so many facing the bleakest of futures."

ENDS

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