Friday 29 February 2008

Stop the cuts, stop the attacks on the poor

Yesterday, the Government announced a further 12,000 job cuts in the DWP - on top of the 30,000 that have already happened in the past three years. These public sector jobs and funds will simply be diverted to the private sector who will take over the role of getting people back into work - and offered bonuses of up to £50,000 if they get people back into work - funded by job cuts and benefit sanctions.

The measures announced are more to do with the Government's neo-Thatcherite obsession with attacking the poor and privatising public services, than with a genuine attempt to tackle poverty.

Allowing private companies to profiteer at the expense of the benefits of the unemployed clearly demonstrates Gordon Brown is guided by a different moral compass than the rest of the labour movement.

Over the coming weeks and months I will standing in solidarity on picket lines with PCS members to resist these cuts