Unions have attacked David Cameron’s Cabinet reshuffle as “window dressing” which would not disguise the Government’s policies.
Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, which is embroiled in disputes with the coalition over pay on behalf of hundreds of thousands of public sector workers, said: “This is simply an attempt at window dressing to make the Government look more women-friendly. But if you look behind the gloss, you will see that the Tory policies are having a huge impact on women, in a bad way.”
GMB general secretary Paul Kenny said: “This is a cross between a PR exercise and a gross admission that the people Cameron had in place were wholly inadequate to do the job.”
Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said: “Any idea that the Conservative Party can be ‘compassionate’ has been holed beneath the water by this cynical reshuffle which signals a further lurch to the right by David Cameron’s Tories.
“It offers nothing to the British people and confirms that the Tories will be going into the next election with an anti-worker, Thatcherite agenda.”