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Tories Promise 'More Respect' for Public Staff

Magazine article Public Finance

Tories Promise 'More Respect' for Public Staff

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A Conservative government would have more respect than Labour for public service professionals, Tory policy-makers have pledged.

Launching the interim report of the public services policy group - the first report to emerge from the groups set up under David Cameron - co-chair Baroness Perry on September 4 promised a new kind of partnership' for public service professionals.

'For me, this the most important of our proposals,' she said. 'It underlies everything that we're suggesting.'

The group said: 'A private corporation which publicly shunned its employees in the way that government has done in recent years would not survive.'

Perry condemned the culture of suspicion' that had developed under Labour's public service reform programme.

'Consequently, confidence in the public services has declined and, above all, the morale of the people who work in the public services has gone very low indeed.'

Both she and shadow education secretary David Willetts conceded that the Conservatives had also treated teachers poorly when they were in power. 'But it was nothing, absolutely nothing, like the rubbishing that has gone on in the past nine years,' she said. …

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