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Unions descend on Parliament

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Unions lobbied Parliament today protesting against privatisation of public services.

Unions lobbied Parliament today protesting against privatisation of public services.

The protest included the Unison health union, as well as other TUC members.

The TUC has launched a document, Reform, Not Permanent Revolution, that says ministers should stop saying public services are failing as it damages morale and causes resentment, especially when the government is trying to keep public sector pay below inflation.

Improvement can only be achieved by reducing top down performance targets, accepting that the public sector ethos cannot be safeguarded by writing terms and conditions into private suppliers' contracts and rejecting the use of market mechanisms when designing public services.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: 'This government has put new money, staff and resources into public services and it has made a real difference.

'Yet rather than reaping their due political rewards, they have begun to alienate staff across the whole public sector.'

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