TGWU welcomes Brown’s public spending initiative

The
Transport and General Workers’ Union has welcomed the new long-term spending
commitments in the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

Bill
Morris, General Secretary of the T&G, said the political will has been
demonstrated, and it is now time for Government to deliver.

"The
emphasis on education, and especially the allowances to extend study, is
particularly welcomed as investing in our children for the long-term benefits
of our economy," he said.

 "We welcome the proposed increase in
transport expenditure but will need to see the details from the Secretary of
State. While there is recognition of the need for more investment, we believe
the Government has clearly missed an opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to
the 10-year transport plan. 

"The
additional resources for the Regional Development Agencies give a clear
recognition of their important role in stimulating local economies and
supporting manufacturing. We must, however, improve productivity.

"Today
the government has recognised that there is a need for sustained long-term
investment in our people and plant to do that. We have seen one step on the
path to a total solution linking producers and consumers."

On
the eve of the first national strike in local government, Morris also sounded a
note of caution.

"Quality
public services can only be delivered by quality people who are well rewarded,
well trained and well motivated," he said. "How you treat your public
servants will determine the quality of service delivered."

By Quentin Reade

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