Main unemployment impact is yet to come unless UK Government acts to plug gaping hikes in support schemes

October 13th 2020

Main unemployment impact is yet to come unless UK Government acts to plug gaping hikes in support schemes

October 13th 2020

  • There is an increasing number of workers currently undertaking insufficient hours and earning a wage that is less than the minimum wage
  • Furlough cut off point at end of October is a major pressure point
  • Reports from sectors such as hospitality suggest wide-spread reduction in hours and pay

Roz Foyer, STUC General Secretary said:

“Unfortunately there isn’t any real comfort to take from today’s figures unless the Chancellor takes further measures to protect jobs.

“Today’s figures show that thus far the furlough scheme has been reasonably effective for many, although many others have slipped through net.

“The figures also fail to reveal the growing number of people who have been trying for months to live on pay well below even the National Minimum Wage.

“We fear a perfect storm will hit us towards the end of this month, with the end of the furlough scheme, inadequate alternatives and a growing sense of confusion over government strategy.

“We are getting reports of increasing numbers of people who remain technically employed, but who are trying to live on wages which are well below the Real Living Wage or even the National Minimum Wage.

“We desperately need increased support measures in place covering more jobs, with higher levels of government support per job and with no one falling below the level of a wage they can live on.”

ENDS

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