The 17-year high in the number of long term unemployed is an enduring stain on the government’s economic policy, Unite, the largest union in the country, said today (Wednesday 17 July).
While welcoming the overall fall of 57,000 in the jobless count, Unite said that the long term unemployed represented a section of society that had been forgotten by ministers.
The solution includes the creation of more ‘real’ jobs paying decent wages; more help to get the long term unemployed back to into work; and a macroeconomic policy that pumps much needed demand into the economy.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “While the decrease in 57,000 in the unemployment figures is to be welcomed, the plight of the long term unemployed is an enduring stain on this government’s record.
“The long term unemployed have been forgotten by George Osborne, as he skews his polices to pander to the rich with undeserved tax breaks.
“It is a scandal that 915,000 people have been out of work for more than a year and over 460,000 have been jobless for more than two years. It is condemning a section of our country to a life without hope and a future without opportunity. We are creating communities of despair.
“More needs to be done to help the long term unemployed back to work, with ‘real’ jobs paying a decent living wage.
“This must go hand-in-hand with a U-turn in the government’s austerity polices to one that pumps demand into the economy and puts more money into people’s wallets and purses.”
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
- 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.