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Yorkshire job losses show government jobs package isn’t ready for public health emergency

  • 49,000 fewer employees marks biggest single fall on record
  • TUC says latest ONS figures for job losses in Yorkshire show more help is needed
  • Figures show slow roll out of furlough scheme failed to stem lay offs

Commenting on the recent (13 October 2020) ONS figures for earnings and employment, which show payrolled employees in Yorkshire fell by 49,000 between Q2-Q3 this year, TUC Regional Secretary Bill Adams yesterday said:

“The government’s job support package isn’t ready for this renewed public health emergency. In the wake of tightening restrictions this week and the prospect of a circuit-breaker national lockdown, more help is needed to save jobs and prevent unnecessary hardship.

“The loss of almost 50,000 payrolled employees from the labour force in our region is an economic shock that shows that the government’s measures just aren’t enough.

“This is the biggest fall on record, and it shows that the government’s support scheme just isn’t working. The slow roll out of furlough this summer meant that those 50,000 people who lost jobs in March and April weren’t kept on via wage support.

“This shows business support must be conditional on keeping people on payroll.

“Uncertainty and piecemeal action makes it difficult for businesses and workers to plan.

“Where businesses are forced to close, workers should get at least 80% of their wages through the job support scheme. Firms which are hit by stricter local restrictions and low demand but can stay open need a more generous short-time working scheme, with significantly reduced employer contributions. And there must be additional support for the overlooked self-employed too.

“That’s the right response to new restrictions and business closures. Government must not force a choice between lives and livelihoods.”

Editors Note

Contacts

Gareth Forest (Lewis)

glewis@tuc.org.uk

0113 200 1075
07810 374976

Bill Adams

badams@tuc.org.uk

07867 788856

 

Original article link: https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/yorkshire-job-losses-show-government-jobs-package-isnt-ready-public-health-emergency

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