Plaid leader tells PCS lobby Government plans aren't working


Plaid Cymru Parliamentary Leader at Westminster Elfyn Llwyd MP today warned that the UK Government was making a huge mistake in pushing through counter-productive economic and pensions policies.

Speaking to a rally of Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) members in the Houses of Parliament, Mr Llwyd, who is chair of the PCS Parliamentary Group, he said that wholesale public sector job cuts, regional pay and pension changes were not fair for public sector workers, and not fair for the public either.

Mr Llwyd said:

“The Office for Budget Responsibility estimate that the UK Government will cut around 700,000 public sector jobs between 2011 and 2017 – that is a huge number of talented and qualified people being put out of work, many with no job to move into.

“They are also planning regional pay through the wage review boards.

“Regional pay was first introduced by Labour into the Courts Service in 2007. It was a bad policy then and it is a bad policy now.

“Plaid Cymru are against the introduction of regional pay which will have a dire effect upon local economies in Wales.

“And the Con-Dem Government are continuing with their pension proposals which will make workers work longer, pay more and receive less when they retire.

“At the same time they are continuing with privatisation plans for helping people into work and for the police and probation services.

“These changes are not fair to public sector workers and, ultimately, not fair to the public either. We will all lose out under these plans.”