Unions 'snubbed' by Sir Hamish
THE 200,000-strong Federation of Trade Unions yesterday criticised the Financial Secretary for snubbing it on the 1994-95 Budget consultation exercise.
In a statement, the federation said it had asked for a meeting with Sir Hamish Macleod to discuss the coming Budget.
'But under the prevalence of party politics, it is regrettable that the Financial Secretary held discussions only with party representatives and excluded community groups who have been working for the grassroots for a long time.
'We are deeply disappointed about this show of favouritism,' it said.
Sir Hamish started soliciting views from political parties after a rates increase proposal in his first Budget in 1992 generated nearly total opposition.
The federation said it hoped Sir Hamish would consider the views of the working class, even though he refused to meet them.
The federation proposed raising the profits tax rate by two percentage points to 18.5 per cent and increasing the salary tax allowance by 11 per cent to $86,000.
It said the salary tax allowance must increase at a rate comparable to inflation, or more people from the working class would fall into the tax net.