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Tories Slash More Than 1 Million Public Sector Jobs Since Taking Power, GMB Analysis Reveals

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Union says Prime Minister may have sacked George Osborne but it's now time to reverse his “poisonous legacy” as Autumn Statement approaches.

GMB, Britain’s general union, has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to reverse the self-defeating policies of former Chancellor George Osborne ahead of Wednesday’s Autumn Statement.


New GMB analysis of Office for National Statistics (ONS) quarterly public sector employment data reveals that between March 2010 and June 2016, public sector job losses across the UK topped 1 million (1,002,000), a 16 per cent decline across the period.

The job losses were most marked in North West England (129,000), South West England (115,000), Yorkshire and the Humber (105,000) and London (100,000).

GMB said Chancellor Philip Hammond - set to deliver his first Autumn Statement - should pledge public investment, decent work, and properly funded public services.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:

"The Prime Minister may have sacked George Osborne but it is also time to reverse the self-defeating cuts that remain the former Chancellor's poisonous legacy. The country is crying out for investment in our future, good jobs and properly funded public services.”

"The fact we have lost one million public sector workers since the Tories came to power should be a source of shame. It represents a disgraceful attempt to erode one of the bedrocks of British society - and is a kick in the teeth for dedicated GMB members.”

"We have seen many of these good public sector jobs replaced by precarious work with insecure terms and conditions. The deliberate, gradual destruction of our public services is an act of pure political vandalism. We need to see them rebuilt.”


ENDS

For more information contact the GMB press office on 07958 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS 

Find attached GMB Analysis of ONS Public Sector Employment 201116

GMB analysed quarterly employment data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) - including the last available quarterly data of the end of the last Labour government (March 2010) and the latest available data under the Conservatives (June 2016)

 

Change

UK

North East

North West 

Yorkshire & the Humber

East Midlands

West Midlands

Eastern

London

South East

South West

Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Mar-10

6334000

296000

728000

568000

399000

532000

477000

819000

727000

548000

354000

636000

229000

Jun-16

5332000

231000

599000

463000

334000

447000

417000

719000

634000

433000

291000

545000

206000

Total job loss

1002000

65000

129000

105000

65000

85000

60000

100000

93000

115000

63000

91000

23000

% job loss

16

22

18

18

16

16

13

12

13

21

18

14

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data source http://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/publicsectorpersonnel/bulletins/publicsectoremployment/june2016/pdf

 

 

 

 

 



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