The Tory government, free from the shackles of coalition are hell bent on attacking the values and work of civil servants. In his recent speech “Making the civil service work for modern Britain”, http://www.civilserviceworld.com/articles/briefing/full-matt-hancock-speech-civil-service-reform, Matt Hancock, the recently appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office, firmly set his sights on a further round of attacks on the values and employees of the civil service.
Using the camouflage of “reform and improvement” he candidly stated that the Tory government are seeking a further £15-20B worth of savings over the lifetime of the next parliament. He went on to say, “This can only be achieved if we change the way we work.” In other words further privatisation, job cuts and performance related pay.
The ethos of the civil service is being destroyed before our very eyes. Private not public is the order of the day and if it has to be publicly retained, then setting up quasi-markets which pit workers against each other, is the alternative. The prevailing ideology is that there are the only ways that public servants can be trusted to deliver.
The reforms have nothing to do with value for money or improving public services; it is about a few getting rich whilst those working in or requiring public services are made to suffer.
As a class we have to refute these arguments, and fight for our services like never before. Not by simply using the ultra-leftist clarion call of a general strike but rather through engagement at a local, regional and national level, forming alliances between workers and users to defeat this reactionary ideology and government.