UNISON, the UK’s largest union, said that today’s regional public sector employment figures give the lie to Tory claims that the private sector is able to drive our recovery. Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) released today (1 March) show private sector job creation has been seriously outweighed by the growing tide of public sector job cuts.
The union is calling on the government to drop its dangerous hard and fast cuts, and put in place a real plan to stimulate growth and recovery. The union is warning that unless the government changes tack it runs the risk of a double dip recession hitting families and our recovery harder still.
Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said: “The Tory-led coalition’s economic strategy is a reckless gamble – a gamble that clearly is not paying off. Public sector job cuts have seriously outweighed the struggling private sector’s ability to create work.
“Drastic public sector cuts are hitting jobs hard – and the toll of losses is set to climb higher this year. Every single job lost is a personal tragedy, and a direct hit on the local economy. No wonder the private sector cannot come to the rescue – there is no demand to drive growth and fuel our recovery.
“Behind these figures are real stories of people struggling to find work and keep their families out of poverty. The government has to act. It’s time for a plan B to fuel growth and recovery, ease the burden on hardworking families, and avoid a damaging double dip recession.”
In every region of the UK public sector employment fell. The largest falls in public sector employment were in the South West (37,000; -7.0 per cent), the North West (35,000; -4.8 per cent), the South East (30,000; -4.2 per cent) and London (28,000; -3.4 per cent).
The North East and West Midlands regions were hit with a double whammy of both falling private and public sector jobs.
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