Fear of unemployment haunts Hull according to new poll

26 June 2013

The people of Hull are haunted by unemployment and job security, more so than any other town or city that took part in an independent survey commissioned by the People United - a coalition of unions including Unite, GMB, PCS, CWU and Unison.

One in three (31 per cent) of the respondents surveyed were worried about unemployment and job security, with a significant number of respondents (15 per cent) wanting action to support youth services in the Hull area. Youth crime is a real worry for many, which the survey suggests may well be linked to youth unemployment in the area.

The survey which looked at 14 towns and cities across England involved in the People's United bus tour this summer, also found that over three quarters of the respondents (77 per cent) opposed the government's austerity agenda and instead want the government to invest in jobs and growth even if it means borrowing more today.

The People United bus will arrive in Hull on Friday 28 June for a People’s Question Time with local community leaders at 6pm, Ruscadors, Queen Street HU1 1UU.  Speakers include: Karl Turner MP, Sarah Sidwell from Hull Foodbank, Ray Davies from Citizens Advice, Steve Brady the leader of Hull City Council and Dermott Rathbone, Unite community member and founder of NHS campaigns in Hull.

The following day (Saturday 29 June) the bus will be in the town centre capturing the affect of the government’s failed austerity experiment at Queen Victoria Square, Hull HU1 3RQ outside Princess Quay Shopping Centre between 10am - 4pm.

People United will be asking people to share their ideas to get the economy growing and help build the People’s manifesto to change our country for the better.

Unite deputy regional secretary Tas Sangha said: "What is clear from this new poll is that the government's experiment in austerity is hurting Hull, with one in three people having serious concerns about unemployment and job security. It's no wonder that over three quarters of those surveyed want to see the government invest in jobs and growth even if it means borrowing more today.

"The Tory-led government is failing the hard-working families of Hull. People United will be here to offer help and support to local communities. This is a fantastic opportunity to make your voice heard and to make a difference. We'd urge everyone to help us build the people's manifesto with ideas for decent jobs and wages, protecting our NHS and giving our young people a future."


Contact the Unite press office on 0203 371 2065 or Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

Notes to editors:

The survey was conducted for Unite by the independent polling company Survation. Survation interviewed 1451 UK adults by telephone on 3- 14 June 2013 in Leeds, Hartlepool, Hastings, Norwich, Middlesbrough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Hull, Leicester, Peterborough, Blackpool, Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent and Bristol. Data is weighted to the profile of all adults aged 18+ in the relevant cities. Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.