Unite, the largest UK union has called for the implementation of Plan B for the government, ”the meagre and pathetic growth figure of 0.2 per cent for the last quarter shows that an economic Plan B was ever more urgent” said Unite.
Unite argues that this figure reveals the threadbare nature of Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne’s economy strategy and it does nothing to alleviate the economic devastation in the ‘real’ economy – where jobs are being lost, public services axed, and manufacturing and small businesses are being strangled by government policy and strait-jacket lending policies by the state-owned banks.
Unite General Secretary, Len McCluskey said: ‘With every passing month, it is becoming clearer and clearer that the government’s monetarist and fiscal policies are not delivering the level of growth necessary for the British economy to recover. For example, UK manufacturing sector growth fell to its lowest rate for 21 months in June, as export orders slumped.’
‘The latest meagre and pathetic growth figure announced today of 0.2 per cent may play well with George Osborne’s chums in the City, but in the real economic world, it can bring only further despair to working people, their families and communities.’
‘It is complacent of ministers to blame global economic problems for the bad figures. What we need to remember is that Britain stayed out the euro zone to give it more freedom of economic action – many of the problems we face are home-grown and can be laid directly at the door of George Osborne.’
‘We need to boost domestic demand and one way to do this would be to cut the VAT rate, currently standing at 20 per cent. But if people don’t have confidence in their job security and are being continually hit by soaring household bills and energy costs, they are not going to go out and spend.’