TORY MP Andrew Griffiths has been accused of ‘lining the pockets of the richest while kicking the poorest’.
The Uttoxeter backbencher was attacked after backing a tax cut for the highest earners while supporting a one per cent cap on benefits for the next three years.
“Mr Griffiths voted in favour of massive tax cuts for millionaires with the 5p in the pound income tax cut for the richest earners,” said Unite regional officer Rick Coyle.
“This week he has voted to make the poorest people in Burton and Uttoxeter ever poorer. It’s disgraceful.
“He’s lining the pockets of the richest while kicking the poorest. His priorities are sickening.”
Mr Coyle said Mr Griffiths had supported the Government’s moves at a time when hundreds of workers were involved in pay disputes at B&Q and Argos.
“These people could not work harder, yet many of them are on benefits because wealthy employers offer low pay or insecure work,” he said.
Mr Coyle said it was ‘a lie’ for the Government to claim public spending cuts were necessary when it was providing ‘huge giveaways’ to the wealthy.
But Mr Griffiths hit back, saying he was ‘looking for a fair deal for hard-working people in Burton’.
He said public sector workers had endured a two-year pay freeze and would receive one per cent rises in future.
Private sector workers, meanwhile, had suffered pay cuts, with some on three-day weeks.
“How can it be justified to increase benefits faster than hard-working people are seeing their pay increase?” Mr Griffiths said.
“If Unite and Labour feel we should increase benefits faster than pay, that is their choice.”
He said the Institute of Fiscal Studies had confirmed the wealthiest would pay ‘substantially more’ due to Government tax increases.
He told the Advertiser: “The Institute of Fiscal Studies has confirmed that the wealthiest people in Britain will be paying substantially more as a result of tax increases on the wealthy brought in by this government.
“It is a nonsense to suggest that the rich are paying less. The truth is they are paying billions of pounds more.”
Mr Coyle also stated Unite in Uttoxeter and Burton will campaign for Mr Griffiths’ removal and support Labour candidate Jon Wheale – hardly a surprise to the current MP.
He said: “I can’t say that it is the greatest shock in the world that the Unite union will be supporting Labour at the next election, particularly as it paid for Ed Milliband to become the leader of the Labour party.