Magazine article Public Finance

TUC Attacks Job Cull Plans

Magazine article Public Finance

TUC Attacks Job Cull Plans

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The Trades Union Congress has attacked politicians' plans to slash thousands of civil service management posts after the general election, claiming that Whitehall already operates with fewer managers than the private sector.

A report by the TUC, published on April 8, also claims that the government could save £18bn of its targeted £21.5bn Whitehall efficiency savings by 2008 through improved procurement - 'without cutting a single post'.

Bowler hats and bureaucrats myths about the public sector workforce challenges politicians' claims that big savings can be made by axing thousands of jobs, without reducing the ability to deliver services.

The government wants to cut 84,000 posts by 2008, while the Conservative Party claims it could lose up to 235,000 (90,000 to the private sector) as part of a £35bn savings programme. Many of the posts involve 'back-office' management. …

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