STUC on labour market statistics

February 15th 2012

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Commenting on the labour market statistics for Scotland published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

“Another set of statistics, another significant rise in Scottish unemployment. The jump in youth unemployment in the month to January is particularly alarming.

“As he prepares to announce his Budget next month, the Chancellor must decide whether to take the necessary action to try to prevent rising unemployment becoming a structural problem. If, as we expect he remains committed to ideological austerity, the Chancellor will be choosing to condemn Scotland to suffer the long-term social and economic consequences of embedded worklessness. He will be repeating the mistakes of the 1980s and 1990s.

“The coalition government has choices. It is high time they paid attention to the market price of Government debt; a price signalling that the markets will support sensible investment to boost employment and the economy’s long-term capacity to grow. To continue boasting about credit worthiness with unemployment at current levels is shameful.

“The Scottish Government must redouble efforts to support those out of work and those at risk of unemployment. It must also recognise that for far too long the Scottish economy has simply failed to generate sufficient numbers of full-time jobs. The creation of sustainable quality full-time employment must now become the central goal of its economic strategy”.

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