Workers Paying The Price
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20 Feb 2013
This week's fall in the headline rate of unemployment is welcome but it is now clearer than ever that British workers are paying the price to get a job or keep a job.
Living standards continue to be squeezed and research by the House of Commons Library shows that people have now taken an average £1,200 pay cut since May 2010 because jobs are so hard to come by.
Youth unemployment has risen yet again, back towards the million mark, the number of women out of work has gone up and long-term unemployment is still far too high.
What Britain now needs from next month’s Budget is an industrial strength back to work programme to match the crisis we face. That's why I would like to see the Government introduce a compulsory jobs guarantee to get anyone out of work for more than two years straight into a job.