George Osborne is creating a part-time recovery while the cost of living crisis tightens, warned Britain’s largest union Unite, as today’s (Wednesday 16 October) unemployment figures showed that 1.45 million people were working part-time because they could not find full time work, the highest since records began in 1992.
With average earnings growth falling to 0.7 per cent for the year and food bank use hitting record levels, the union accused the Tory-led coalition of creating a low wage economy where the proceeds of growth line the pockets of the few.
Commenting, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “This small fall in unemployment is welcome but we shouldn’t be fooled. Record numbers are working part-time because they can’t find full-time work as George Osborne creates a part-time recovery and the cost of living crisis tightens.
“For many any signs of a recovery are illusory as the world of work becomes more insecure and wages tumble. The queues of hungry families at food banks has tripled over the last year to record levels and many will have to choose between heating or eating this winter.
“We need an economy where people who want to, can work full-time and where people are paid a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work, not the path to poverty this government has us on.”
For further information contact Alex Flynn, Unite head of media and campaigns, on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665 869.
Notes to editors:
- 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.