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Government urged into major rethink over public sector jobs
Friday, 01 June 2007
Public sector jobs could undergo a major shake-up if the government heeds the advice submitted to its forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
TUC has been highly critical of the government's recent public sector policies, claiming reforms to the NHS have been made without due discussion with staff and patients and that a programme aimed at increasing efficiency in the civil service is floundering.
All future reform plans should be based on 'a sound evidence base and a properly discussed business plan', should involve system-wide 'democratic accountability' and provide for "adequate resourcing" for all public sector jobs and facilities, urges the submission.
"Public services need a fresh start. A toxic cocktail of deferred pay, service cuts, privatisation, and endless reorganisation has produced a crisis of commitment and morale," said TUC general secretary Brendan Barber.
"A new approach should be on the top of Gordon Brown's in-tray. He should end the jobs cut arms race with the other parties, and instead start a national debate on how best to pay for the modern public services the country needs."
2007 has already seen two strikes organised by public sector unions and plans for further privatisation and potential subsequent job cuts.