UNISON on unemployment figures

According to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, unemployment fell by 102,000 to 1.86 million in the three months to the end of January.

Commenting on today’s unemployment figures, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said:

“The government’s attack on public sector workers has been unprecedented. The huge drop in spending has seen the axing of thousands of jobs and the cuts in real pay for those who remain in post.

“People may have jobs but for many in 21st century Britain that means one on low-pay where the hours are not guaranteed – a situation that plays havoc with family finances and makes life unnecessarily tough.

“The precarious nature of many of the jobs being created means that many workers are too scared to speak out about their drop in living standards for fear of losing the few hours that they have.”


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