The sluggish first quarter growth figures show that there is no room for complacency about the economic recovery, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Tuesday 29 April).
Unite said the increasing smugness from David Cameron and George Osborne about the UK’s economic performance was a world away from the reality for millions of people struggling with a big decline in their incomes in real terms.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “These latest GDP figures show that after four years of austerity the economy has still has not returned to pre-recession 2008 levels.
“There is no room for complacency and smugness from Cameron and Osborne, as economic recovery is patchy; unemployment is still stubbornly high, especially for young people and the long-term jobless; and the downward pressure on wages still continues.
“Reports that new jobs are attracting average salaries £1,800 less than a year ago confirm that Britain needs an all-round pay rise to get growth really moving in the right direction.
“Much of the recovery is being driven by London and the south east, and also the service sector – we need a strategic rethink to recalibrate the economy so that all our citizens benefit from the prosperity that the world’s seventh largest economy can generate.”
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
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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.