Public sector job losses top one million since Tories came to power
The union’s analysis Office for National Statistics (ONS) quarterly public sector employment data reveals that between March 2010 and June 2016, jobs declined by 16%. 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 general secretary Tim Roache 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.”
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