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UK Xmas inflation ups family stress
Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:40AM
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Britain's biggest union has called on the coalition government to change direction of its policies to alleviate stress on families who have to borrow to tackle Christmas inflation.


Unison's warning comes after a survey found that one third of the British nationals have to cope with the Christmas cots through personal loans or borrowing from their families or friends.

Dave Prentis, union's general secretary, said that Christmas should be a happy time for the people, but for a majority of the people the stress of finding or keeping a job revealed that the economic pressures are enormous. “When you add in the cost of food and fuel, there is not a lot of spare money to spend in the high street,” he added.

Condemning the government's failed economic policies, the union leader urged Prime Minister David Cameron to look at the sale signs that are going up in shops before Christmas, proving that his policies are only impeding the country's financial recovery.

“The Government needs to look at ways of stimulating the economy and encouraging consumer confidence, instead of dishing up more misery over Christmas,” he also said.

On November 30, Unison and several other trade unions staged a national strike against the Tory-led government's austerity measures that strongly hit public sector workers' pensions.

"Public service workers have been hard hit by swinging job cuts and a pay freeze that is set for years to come. Add in the additional cost that Government Ministers are asking workers to pay into their pensions, and contrast with Christmas bonuses in the City, and it is obvious that we are not all in this together,” Prentis also said.

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