KEVIN CURRAN, the general secretary of the GMB union, disgracefully praised Gordon Brown's job cuts plans. Curran said, 'The chancellor has bravely negotiated cuts in Whitehall departments that will ensure that public service investment reaches communities where it can most help individuals and families.' Paul Kenny, head of the London GMB, said he was 'mystified and angered' by the comment.
'Curran was appalling,' says civil servant Robert Bryson. 'He was conned by Brown and the media about the nature of these cuts. We do serve communities. Many GMB members will use the services we provide, such as tax credits. If his members are sacked or made redundant they will need us. It is in the interests of every trade unionist that we have a strong welfare state.'