Commenting on CIPD report, Dave Prentis says future looks bleak unless government takes urgent action

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The government must take action to stop the “slow and painful” contraction in the jobs market, says UNISON.

The union was responding to a report released today by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which found UK employers are scaling back on all employment-related operations.

The autumn Labour Outlook Report said although the private sector looks set to grow in the next three months, it is at a slower rate than in recent quarters.

CIPD public policy adviser Gerwyn Davies said: “The figures point to a slow, painful contraction in the jobs market. Many firms appear to be locked in ‘wait and see’ mode, with some companies scaling back on all employment decisions against a backdrop of increasing uncertainty as a result of the eurozone crisis and wider global economic turmoil.

‘The good news resulting from this lull in business activity is that fewer employers are looking to relocate abroad or make redundancies. The downside is that recruitment intentions are falling, which will make further rises in unemployment therefore seem inevitable given that public sector job losses are outpacing the predictions made by the Office for Budget Responsibility. There is no immediate sign of UK labour market conditions improving in the short or medium term.”

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis, said: “The survey shows that the future looks bleak for both the private and public sector unless the government takes urgent action.

“The government cannot bank on the private sector to pick up the pieces of the huge number of public sector job losses – employers are confirming this. As unemployment and inflation figures look set to soar further, the chances of economic growth get slimmer by the second.

“The public sector job losses are far outpacing the Office for Budget Responsibility’s predicted figures. These cuts not only ruin the lives of the families of those made redundant, but also pile pressure onto those who continue to work in and rely on these vital services, who are mostly low paid women.

“Millions of young people, public sector workers and long-term unemployed are among those paying the biggest price for an economic crisis they did not cause. A crisis that the government will continue to fail to recover from unless it puts a stop to public sector job losses and concentrates on kick starting the economy.”


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