Politics: Government 'is using the sector'

The Transport and General Workers' Union has accused the Government of using the voluntary sector as a "cuddly" alternative to the outright privatisation of public services.

"Increased third sector involvement has become the Government's latest weapon of choice in the privatisation agenda," Roz Foyer, national secretary at the T&G, told the Trades Union Congress in Brighton last week.

The union, which now has 30,000 voluntary sector members, is concerned at cuts in workers' pay and pensions. At the same time, it claims the increase in government contracts is leading to bigger workloads.

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