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Unions want involvement in expenditure reviews

23 February 2006

Unions will want extensive involvement in expenditure reviews

The Council of Trade Unions says that unions will want extensive involvement in the planned reviews of expenditure announced by government today.

"The CTU notes that the reviews proposed are not overall cost cutting exercises, which is a welcome signal," said Ross Wilson, Council of Trade Unions President. "In many cases, unions have been arguing for increased investment and capacity, rather than decreases, and unions will not be happy if this exercise ends up being a focus on cutting costs at the expense of quality public services."

"The CTU supports moves to examine productivity issues, but this needs to be done through the active involvement of public sector workers."

"We support government spending being of high quality and excellence in public sector management," said Ross Wilson. "Based on the Cabinet paper released today we are hopeful that the government's reviews will keep their focus firmly on strengthening New Zealand's public services."

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