Many jobs are being lost. Between the beginning of January and the end of March more than 50,000 redundancies were reported in the national press. These job losses occurred across a range of industries.
Job insecurity, far from being a "state of mind", as Mr Lang has infamously claimed, is widespread. Since the last General Election, the number of permanent jobs has fallen by 109,000 and temporary employment has increased by over 300,000 jobs. One in every two new jobs now lasts for less than a year.
Just like their pledges on tax at the election, Tory promises of economic recovery turned out to be a cheap gimmick to con the voters. The electorate will not be taken in so easily next time.
Ian McCartney MP
House of Commons
The writer is Shadow Minister of State for Employment.Reuse content