AUSTERITY will see the "wallets of the wealthy continue to fatten", a Moray trade unionist has claimed.
With welfare reforms affecting all benefits, people being forced to work longer before retirement and the economic recovery secured on the back of low paid and insecure employment, Larry Easton said the gap between the economic haves and have-nots will continue to rise.
Crippling levels of personal debt and the use of food banks soars, while the wallets of the wealthy continue to fatten, said the Moray Trades Union Council secretary in his annual report to members.
Mr Easton, who has been secretary of the trades council for more than 30 years, said public sector cuts are set to be a key feature of 2014.
Outgoing MTUC chairman Steve Reynolds said: "The Moray Trades Union Council has valiantly represented the interests of trade unionists and their families in Moray. In an age of austerity with further spending cuts and rises in the cost of living, it is important that the concerns and issues facing working people are heard and acted upon."
Mr Reynolds thanked the delegates for their hard work and efforts over the last year.
The new chairman is John Divers of the UNITE union, who is also a local councillor for Elgin South.
John Leslie, of GMB, was elected vice-chairman, with Mr Easton again re-elected as secretary of the group.
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