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UNISON: Health care workers losing faith in Government's 'childish venom'

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Unison are expected to warn the Government it is losing the trust of public sector workers and that their patience is ‘running out’.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of UNISON, is due to speak at his union’s health conference in Harrogate and is expected to blame ‘rich bankers’ for the state of the country’s economy.

He will say: ‘The country is in a mess and we look to the Government to come up with serious solutions, not to waste time in childish venom.

‘But at the moment, the Government is losing us. It is losing the support and trust of health and public service workers in their droves.’

Mr Prentis will tell the 1,000 delegates that ‘fundamental flaws’ in the financial sector led to the crisis and now ‘greedy speculators’ are being rewarded with bail-outs.

As a result of banking errors he believes ‘ordinary workers’ are being threatened with redundancies, pay cuts and privatisation.

But he will add that ‘UNISON members delivering the people’s public services won’t put up with it’ and that the Government has a chance to turn things around in the new Budget.

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