The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Basket

View your shopping cart.

Catch the anti-austerity bus, TUC urges members

11 June 2013 - 11:57am

CSP members and activists should catch the TUC's anti-austerity bus tour TUC assistant general secretary Paul Nowak told the society's industrial relations committee (IRC).

Mr Nowak had been invited to speak to last week's IRC meeting in Leicestershire to share the latest details of the TUC's anti-austerity campaign, which includes a tour of England and hits the road mid-June.

Praising the CSP for being a 'small union that punches way about its weight', Mr Nowak acknowledged the action by CSP members and other unions over the pensions strike in November 2011. He also highlighted demonstrations and rallies in March 2011 and October 2012.

Mr Nowak said there was still much to be done to win the arguments for a fairer and more sustainable alternative to austerity.

The TUC tour aims to 'uncover' the impact of austerity, from cuts in the NHS and library services to the bedroom tax. Similar initiatives are running in Scotland and Wales.

Key to the success of the campaign, which was developed with input from affiliates including the CSP, is getting it into the hands of local people, including union reps and members, Mr Nowak said.

The government was failing, even on its own terms, with deficit reduction goals missed thanks to the weakness of the economy. This underlined the importance of one of the planks of the TUC-led campaign - Fair Pay – as crucial to growth and healthier public finances. ‘For the last 30 years wages have declined as a share of national wealth. Not enough money is going into people’s pockets.'

A greater voice for employees and their unions in the workplace was another key plank of the campaign - crucial at a time of a 'quiet war being waged against employment rights in this country,’ he told committee members.

Decent public services would be part of the rallying call, he added, pointing to last autumn's Fabian Society survey which showed that 62 per cent of people thought public services should be provided mainly or only be government.

'We need to emphasise that we are not only against privatisation because of the impact on our members, but that it is bad for taxpayers and patients.'

 

Comments are visible to CSP members only.

Please Login to read comments and to add your own or register if you have not yet done so.

  • Anonymous

Tagged as

More from the CSP

Back to top