UK Jobs Outlook – a Goldilocks Scenario

Mark Cahill, Managing Director of ManPowerGroup Uk recently reported that “as we head into the summer months, the UK jobs market is not too hot, but not too cold either”.


A typical Goldilocks situation, you might say. However, TUC intelligence reveals that British workers earned £52bn less in 2012 than they did before the recession in 2007, amounting to a 7.5% drop in the nation’s earning.


No wonder the Trussell Trust – a community based organisation, established to empower local communities to combat poverty and exclusion – has seen a significant increase in Foodbanks being launched, up and down the country.


Attending the GMB Annual Conference in Plymouth recently, TU Fund Managers encouraged delegates to donate food items or cash that was then used to create food parcels for local people in crisis.


Thanks to all delegates who supported.

GMB to join Unite to fight Ford closures

The Times front page: Ford jobs cuts spoil party as economy grows again

GMB, responded to the news that Fords are to close Dagenham Tool and Stamping Operation with 1,000 jobs cuts and van production in Southampton with 500 job cuts.


“This is devastating news for the workforce at Dagenham and Southampton and there will be a feeling of shock and anger and Ford’s commitment on investment will cut little ice”. Read More…

Union Response to the Recession – Negotiating for Jobs and Peace

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Joe Dromey is Head of Policy and Research at the IPA

Ahead of the Chancellor speaking at the Economy Session at Conservative Party Conference (1100-1230), Joe Dromey writes on how unions have helped protect jobs during the downturn.


Despite the right wing press warning of growing union militancy, this recession has been notable for the lack of industrial unrest. On average, there have been 734,000 working days lost each year to strike action. That sounds a lot. But it is the lowest rate of any recession on record. During the recession of the 80s, the figure was 4.3million days per year, and in the 70s it was a staggering 9.9million.[i]


There are two very obvious differences between that era and today. First, union membership has fallen from a peak of 13.2million in 1979 to its current level of 7.3million.[ii] Second, unions are acting within a more restrictive environment following the toughening of labour laws during the Thatcher era. But neither of these factors can explain the scale of the change. With days lost to strikes at just 7% of the level of the 70s, something else is at play here.

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