The fragile nature of the so-called economic recovery, particularly outside London and the south east, has been highlighted by the latest rise in unemployment, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 12 August).
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “For the first time in two years there have been two consecutive monthly rises in the jobless figures. This is the first crack in the edifice of post-election Tory economic triumphalism.
“Outside London and the south east, the benefits of the so-called recovery are not being felt. There is a real issue that most of the jobs being created are in the lower paid sectors and there is a proliferation of those working as self-employed, when they want full-time and permanent jobs.
“Fragility and insecurity in the jobs market are the hallmarks of George Osborne’s economic programme. There is a real fear that the jobs market is levelling off with little in the way of ideas on the creation of decent jobs coming from this government.
“We need ministers to assist with solutions to tackle this continuing climate of insecurity. This will not be achieved by making working lives tougher with the brutal removal of tax credits for low earners.”
The jobless total went up by 25,000 (April-June 2015, compared to Jan-March 2015 figures), following on from the 15,000 rise (March-May 2015 compared to Dec-Feb 2015 figures).
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- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.