Fall in unemployment masks part-time, low wage recover...

Fall in unemployment masks part-time, low wage recovery, warns Unite

18 December 2013

The fall in unemployment will be welcome relief for many, but the continued increase in part-time working and falling real wages points to a recovery which is passing ordinary people by, warned Britain’s largest union, Unite.

Responding to today’s (Wednesday 18 December) unemployment figures the union’s general secretary Len McCluskey cautioned that the government was in ‘danger of creating a part-time, low wage economy’, as the number of people working part-time because they couldn’t find full-time work hit 1.47 million – the highest since records began.

Commenting, Len McCluskey said: “Unemployment falling will be welcome relief to many, but the underlying trends point to a growing part-time, low wage economy where the recovery is passing ordinary people by.

“Behind the headlines are hardworking people struggling to find a decent week’s work and make ends meet as the world of work becomes more insecure and inflation continues to outstrip wages.

“Unemployment may be falling, but Cameron and Osborne’s cost of living crisis is deepening and forcing working people to food banks this Christmas. The government needs to boost the minimum wage and invest to create a high skilled economy where people are paid a decent wage for a decent day’s work.”  


For further information contact Alex Flynn, Unite head of media and campaigns, on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665 869.

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Notes to editors:

  • 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.