John Hannett, Usdaw
General Secretary said:
"We accept there is a
need to reduce the deficit but we believe the speed and depth of
the proposed cuts is both unfair and irresponsible."
"It is irresponsible
because over a million more jobs in both the public and private
sectors are now under threat and yet there was virtually nothing in
the Chancellor's statement about how the government plans to secure
the recovery and future economic growth. Consumer confidence is
already down and following this review it is unlikely to recover
quickly and I fear the government maybe pushing us into another
"It is unfair because
women, families and the low paid will continue to face the brunt of
the cuts when it should really be the banks and financial sector
that caused the crisis in the first place. The coalition has
already announced massive cuts to the financial support many of our
low paid but hard working members rely on to make ends meet and we
now fear that the replacement of all in work benefits and tax
credits with a universal credit will hit our members and their
families even harder."
boast that we are 'all in this together' is going to sound pretty
hollow this Christmas and New Year when the bankers start
celebrating huge bonus payouts while many families face financial
hardship and the spectre of unemployment."
- Usdaw (the Union of Shop,
Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest trade
union, with over 390,000 members. Usdaw is the country's fastest
growing trade union; membership has increased by more than 15% in
the last four years and by over a quarter in the last decade. Most
Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has
many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing,
chemicals and other trades.