date: 24 November 2011
embargo: For immediate release
Responding to comments made by the government today (Thursday) on the supposed cost of the TUC day of action on 30 November, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
'While the strike on 30 November will obviously cause disruption, the figures suggested by ministers are fantasy economics.
'This is the clearest sign yet that next week's Autumn Statement will be a damp squib and the government is using the strike as yet another desperate excuse.
'Blaming the weather, the royal wedding and now scapegoating hard-working teachers, nurses and dinner ladies for the UK's economic woes is pretty poor from a government that has presided over record unemployment and the weakest economic recovery for a century.
'Dedicated public sector workers take no pleasure in taking action next week but the blame for this strike lies squarely with the government for failing to engage in serious talks until unions decided on a day of action.'
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Issued: 24 November, 2011