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Unite warns against complacency over unemployment figures

Unite warns against complacency over unemployment figures

14 September 2016

Britain’s largest union, Unite cautioned against complacency over today’s (Wednesday 14 September) labour market figures warning that for millions the nature of work was becoming increasingly insecure.

Pointing to a 20 per cent rise in people saying they work on a zero hours contract, Unite also highlighted research showing that nearly half of working families have cut back on food and clothes to pay the rent or mortgage.

Commenting Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Of course it is important that people are finding work but there is genuine concern about the nature of work in this country today.  

“With every day there is some new scandal exposing how too many employers are treating their workforce appallingly and getting away with it. The 20 per cent jump in zero hours contract working is also clear evidence that something is very wrong with our economy.

“Work should pay. The government must not crow about record employment while millions cannot make ends meet. It has to get a grip.”

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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.