David Cameron has hailed new jobless figures, which show unemployment is at a seven-year low,The prime minister said his government had overseen a “jobs miracle”.
“We are living through a jobs miracle brought to you by a Conservative government,
“..giving families security, putting food on tables and helping people out of poverty”.
So what is the reality on the unemployment figures?
When you take a closer look, things aren’t quite what they seem.
Since Ian Duncan Smith brought in Welfare reforms, the government have managed to hide millions of working-age people from the unemployment figures.
This is How?
* 2 Million people have been sanctioned in the last two years.
* 1.4 Million people are on Workfare.
* 0.5 Million disabled people are on Workfare.
All these millions of people do not appear on the unemployment figures.
As for people in work, they haven’t fared much better under the Coalition.
* Last year UK firms used 1.8 million zero hour contracts.
* Over 5 million people are self-employed( highest level for 40 years), Average income including Working tax credit, is below £10,000.
* 5 million shop workers are paid so little that, the government top up their wages with in-work benefits, costing £11bn a year.
So how does the future look for’hard working people’ , if David Cameron wins election 2015.
* In-work benefits will continue to be frozen.
* Over a million more jobs will be cut in the Public sector.
And the biggest threat to workers from the Conservatives, is a new law they would bring in, where strikes could only ever be called if they are directly supported by 40% of people entitled to take part.
Paul Kenny, GMB general secretary, said: “Only 16 out of 650 elected members of parliament secured the support of 40% of those entitled to vote in their parliamentary constituency area election in 2010.”
” Only 15 Tory MPs out of 303 secured that level of support.”
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady added: “The Conservative plans on industrial action ballots will make it almost impossible for unions to call a legal strike.
“No other mainstream political party in the democratic world has suggested such a fundamental attack on this basic human right.
“David Cameron has admitted that Britain needs a pay rise, but he wants to stop workers doing anything about it.”
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