Jobless figures prompt renewed call by Unite for economic Plan B

Published on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 13:00
Posted by Scott Buckler

The latest jobless figures are a wake-up reminder of the government's continuing failure in economic policy - after the Olympics' euphoria - Unite, the country's largest union, said today

Unite said that while the jobless figures fell by 46,000 to 2.56 million in the three months, April-June, the overall total was still far too high, and the small decrease of 4,000 in youth unemployment was "a drop in the ocean".

Unite's general secretary Len McCluskey said: "The unemployment figures are nothing to crow about.  They stand as a dire reminder of George Osborne's continuing failure to have a coherent economic and fiscal policy.

"The Olympic Games showed what this country can achieve with a common goal and by pulling together in the same direction.

"However, this government only wants to reward its favourite players, such as the bankers and the wealthy, while the legions of the young unemployed, aged between 16-and-24, and increasingly women, face a grim search for work.

"Commentators are already warning the government not to mislead the public about this marginal dip pinpointing that these figures have been boosted by 'the Olympics' effect'.  We could very well see unemployment rise again as we head into the autumn.

"And there is nothing to celebrate in the fact that the number of people working part-time because they could not find a full-time job is at a record high of 1.42 million.

"We need a Plan B to urgently generate demand that promotes a joined-up manufacturing policy and creates jobs. We need a policy for growth for the many, not the few."

Source: ©Unite

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