By Claire West

UNISON, the largest public sector union, has called on the Government to re-think its much-trailed massive public spending cuts in next week’s comprehensive spending review.

The call comes as a new report from Pricewaterhouse Coopers predicts massive private sector job losses as a result of public spending cuts. UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said:

“This report bears out all we have been warning over the past few months. Public spending cuts will damage the economy and will drag the country into a downward spiral. “How can throwing nearly one million people on the dole help get this country out of the red? Each job loss is an individual tragedy. And such huge numbers will become a chronic drain on the remaining taxpayers who will pick up the benefits bill. We will end up with desolate towns, particularly in the north, with a lost generation unable to find work. “The Government must re-think its ideological obsession with cutting public spending fast and deep. There is an alternative that includes targeting the bankers who caused the recession, and the tax dodgers, rather than ordinary working people”.