Commitments made today by shadow chancellor John McDonnell to scrap the public sector pay cap for all, close tax loopholes and end PFI deals have been strongly welcomed by PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka.
The shadow chancellor set out the commitments in a speech to the Labour party conference in Brighton, in which he also pledged to restore collective pay bargaining and repeal anti-trade union laws, including the Trade Union Act.
The commitments to scrap the public sector pay cap for all, to close tax loopholes and to end PFI deals all correspond with policies advocated by PCS over many years.
Speaking shortly after the speech Mark said: “We warmly welcome the commitment given by the shadow chancellor to close tax loopholes and his previous stated support for the PCS campaign against the current office closure programme in the HMRC. PCS has long argued that the resources of the HMRC has been badly mismanaged with the current government more interested in closing tax offices than closing tax loopholes. We will continue to work with the shadow treasury team to build a campaign on this issue.”
Mark added “The commitment from the Labour front bench to scrap the pay cap for all workers will give heart to those workers challenging the government on this issue now. Further, the promise to not only end PFI deals but to bring the deals back in-house will be welcomed by all those who have had to deal with the chaos and cost they have caused.”
PCS will be highlighting these concerns at a meeting on tax justice with Mark Serwotka and John McDonnell at 7pm tomorrow (26) at the Holiday Inn in Brighton.