7th June 2011
Maidstone Greens have vowed to fight alongside public sector workers and their unions following Vince Cable's announcement that he would impose stronger anti-strike laws if the public sector strikes became widespread and started to "impose serious damage to our economic and social fabric". Maidstone has the second highest proportion of public sector jobs in the South East with 27.9% (almost 20,000) jobs being in the public sector and is likely to be hit hardest by the cuts in Kent. The Greens say that the announcement by the Lib Dems leaves no support for the workers by the parties on Maidstone Borough Council.
Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Green Party: "This announcement by the Lib Dems is disgraceful but hardly unexpected. Vince Cable is planning on leaving more than a quarter of workers in Maidstone at the mercy of Lib Dem and Tory cuts. Maidstone has the second highest proportion of public sector jobs in the South East and will be hardest hit in Kent by the cuts.
"The public sector is the backbone of the town and is essential to the economy of Maidstone. Not only will the cuts destroy the lives and families of those made redundant, they will destroy the economic viability of the town. If Cable is concerned that protecting jobs and the economy by strike action if necessary is too high a price to pay, then perhaps he should stop being part of a government desperate to wreck the public sector.
"Unlike the Lib Dems, Maidstone Greens will fight alongside public sector workers against the unnecessary and immoral cuts. We don't won't the public sector broken."