Delegates at UNISON’s National Delegates Conference declared that public services need fair funding through a fair system of taxation. Conference made the call after hearing that UK-based companies make multi-million pound profits-· each year, while often paying nothing in corporation tax.
Gordon McKay of the NEC called such companies “greedy rascals” whose tax avoidance is costing the treasury billions of pounds. The cost of that shortfall is being paid by public services, with social services destroyed and the NHS brought to its knees. A fair tax system where those who benefit the most, and can afford the most, pay the most is a sign of a civilised society” he said.
UNISON’s aims include encouraging a Labour government to introduce a “Robin Hood Tax” on financial transactions, reverse the Tory cuts in corporation tax and scrap Trident, freeing up billions of pounds that could be better invested in public services.
Paula Barker of the North West region said that the government’s recent U-turns on cuts to disability payments, tax credits and police funding suggested a “sea change” in wider public opinion. “The willingness of the public to accept cuts to public services and the welfare state is close to exhausted” The government can’t say the economy is doing well and still make swingeing cuts.”
Conference called for a range of measures including joint working with trades councils, civil society groups and others to establish a model for fairer and more stable systems of taxation; specifically to fund public services.
The union will also amend and reissue UNISON’s alternative economic strategy and encourage its use as a campaigning and educational tool.
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