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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Chancellor Should Heed IMF Advice To Change Course To Grow The Economy To End Needless Waste Of Human Talent Says GMB

Osborne should be sacked if he persists in refusing to accept that it is not possible to deflate an economy to growth and a balanced budget.

GMB commented on figures from ONS on 17th April showing that unemployment has increased by 70,000 to 2.56 million, with rises among young people and those out of work for more than a year.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said “That there are more than two and a half million out of work in the UK in the sixth year of a recession shows the sheer waste of human talent that prevails every day. Nearly a million of these are young workers seeking work.

The Chancellor should heed IMF advice to change course to grow the economy to end this needless waste of human talent.

Mr Osborne should be sacked if he persists in refusing to accept that it is not possible to deflate an economy to growth and a balanced budget.

The government recently identified the skilled jobs where there are shortages of labour and twenty new engineering job categories are included in The Shortage Occupations List, a register of jobs which are exempt from strict immigration rules.

With such massive pool of unemployed workers surely it is not beyond the wit of Westminster politicians and employers to make the necessary investment in training to up-skill our own people to meet the needs of the economy.

Which bit of this is too complicated for the government to understand? It demands that government and employers follow this simple industrial strategy of training the unemployed to fill these jobs.”

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Contact: Kamaljeet Jandu 07956 237 178 or Lisa Johnson 07900 392 228 or Phil Whitehurst 07968 338810 on skill shortages or GMB press office 07921 289880

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