UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he does not want to return to “boom or bust” economics. Speaking in Brighton at his first Trade Union annual conference since becoming Prime Minister, he said curbing inflation was a high priority, as was strong employment
Gordon Brown said:
“Let me be straightforward with you. Pay discipline is essential to prevent inflation, to maintain growth and to create more jobs and so that we never return to the Conservative pattern of “boom and bust” ever again. For me it will be stability first now and into the future. And that is stability not just yesterday but today and tomorrow. In my view that will bring us more jobs.”
Mr Brown unveiled plans to create half a million jobs, with a dream of what he called a British job for every British worker.
He said he wanted to fast track lone parents and the long term unemployed back to work.But some union members protested with placards, against below-inflation pay rises. They threatened a winter of discontent, with possible strikes, in a dispute over pay and job cuts.