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TUC backs mutual campaign


The TUC has backed Money Marketing&#39s Save our Mutuals campaign to change the law to help building societies fight off carpetbaggers.


The campaign has enjoyed a groundswell of support in recent weeks with the influential Treasury select committee backing Money Marketing&#39s position, joining mortgage brokers and consumer groups.


The TUC has pledged its full support arguing that building societies use the economic advantage of not having shareholders to offer lower mortgage rates and a better return on investments than most high street banks.


The trade unions want the Government to enforce the Treasury select committee&#39s recommendations to help mutuals deter carpetbaggers.


They also believe further conversions could bring branch closures, putting jobs at risk with some savers tempted by the short term gain of windfall payouts.


TUC general secretary John Monks says: &#34Building societies are currently extremely vulnerable to the predatory approaches of individuals.


&#34Greed and personal gain should not be allowed to take precedence over the hundreds of branches and thousands of jobs which could be at risk if carpetbaggers are to be allowed to continue to wreak havoc.&#34


Britannia Staff Union general secretary David O&#39Dowd says: &#34Until now building societies have been easy prey to the carpetbaggers. One by one mutuals have lost their special status and those of us that are left are determined to hold on to it in the best interests of customers and employees.


&#34The day of the carpetbagger is coming to an end.&#34

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