TUC Claims Unemployment Could Be Twice Official Figure

According to data supplied by the Trades Union Congress, the number of unemployed people in the UK announced by the official statistics is not the actual one. In fact they appear to be almost twice more.

In the announcement of the TUC, an organisation representing the majority of UK trade unions, apart from the 2.56 million people whom the Office for National Statistics said were the only unemployed, there were other 2.26 million more who are economically inactive so they were not counted. The Legal Stop is trying to help by providing high quality employment documents and a free job application form.

“Unemployment may have started to fall in recent months but we are still in the midst of a job crisis,” said the TUC’s general secretary, Frances O’Grady. “The true scale of unemployment is far bigger than official figures suggest, as nearly five million people say they want work today.”

She added that the situation at the labour market was far from the desired one with a further 1.4 million people who needed a full-time job but found no other option but start part-time work with the only aim to earn some money.

In her view the information supplied that there was a drop in unemployment rates was not true. The 46,000 people who were said to have found jobs, have started something with just a few hours and in most cases with zero hour contracts.

However, according to the employment minister, Mark Hoban, the unions were not able to bear the economic growth. He pointed out the fact that the unions were out of touch because they did not welcome even the news about the high rates of employment.



Loopholes for Student Visa

Shadow secretary Yvette Cooper announced that there are loopholes in the regulations about student visa and these do allow tens of thousands of people to enter in the UK without any checks.

Ms. Cooper accused the previous government and shared her opinion that Labour has to try harder in order to recognise the economic impact of immigration. She mentioned that while in government Labour did not always do the best so that immigration is managed in a way that it is “fair for all”.

She admitted that now her party did not like to talk about problems but she promised that things would change.

“We will support the government where it introduces sensible policies and we will point out where they are getting things wrong,” she said.

In her words the fines for firms that pay migrants less than the minimum wage should be doubled and British workers have to be given more opportunities to start working in sectors with high levels of foreign recruitment.

Ms Cooper told Today that the most important thing that now government has focused on was reduction of net migration.

She said she was informed of about 150,000 who were probably abusing student visas.

According to the information she has, the number of such visas has gone up by 30,000 a year since the election and at the same time applicants are not obliged to meet any academic requirements.

Another thing she mentioned was the problem with illegal immigration in the UK.

When talking about migration from the EU she proposed that the government coped with this problem in a “sensible” way.

The decision which has to be taken is to be forbidden for newcomers to claim Jobseekers Allowance in the first few days or weeks of their arrival.

Immigration minister Mark Harper, responding to Ms Cooper’s comments, told Today:

“Our policy of reducing net migration has been successful so far. We’ve reduced net migration by a third. Most of that has been from a reduction of people coming into the country – 74,000 of the 84,000 reduction in net migration is a reduction in immigration.”

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