Today’s (17 April) sharp rise in unemployment is a reminder that the government is being led by a party that thinks unemployment is a ‘price worth paying’ warned Britain’s largest union, Unite.
The rise comes a day after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that George Osborne was ‘playing with fire’ and that austerity was sucking demand out of the economy.
Commenting on the 70,000 rise in unemployment, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The rise in unemployment is a stark reminder that we have a government led by a party that thinks unemployment is a ‘price worth paying’.
“As George Osborne resurrects the failed policies of Thatcher and feeds his addiction to austerity, the number of long-term unemployed grows and a generation of young people face a life on the dole.
“David Cameron’s claim that we are all Thatcherites is an insult to the communities still ravaged by the dark days of the Thatcher era and will send a chill down the spines of those struggling to find work today.
“Britain is fast becoming a place of insecure work and low wages as communities still bearing the scars of the eighties are once more being sacrificed by Osborne’s ‘hands free’ handling of the economy.
“With the IMF warning that he is ‘playing with fire’ and the ranks of unemployed growing, now is the time for Osborne to ditch the failed policies of the past and focus on growing the economy for the many not the few.”
For further information contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or 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 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.