One mil­lion pub­lic sec­tor jobs gone in seven years

Union blames de­struc­tive Tory cuts


NEARLY a mil­lion pub­lic sec­tor jobs have been axed since 2010, of­fi­cial fig­ures show.

Seven years ago 6.4 mil­lion peo­ple worked in the pub­lic sec­tor. Un­der Tory PMs David Cameron and Theresa May that num­ber has fallen to 5.44 mil­lion.

Among the losses are 164,000 posts in ed­u­ca­tion, 44,000 in the po­lice force and 41,000 in the Armed Forces.

The NHS work­force has grown by 4 per cent, but 134,000 posts have gone in other health and so­cial work, and 186,000 in pub­lic ad­min. Of­fice for Na­tional Statis­tics fig­ures show pub­lic sec­tor work­ers now make up just 16.9 per cent of the labour force. That’s the low­est pro­por­tion since 1947, the year be­fore the NHS was founded.

The GMB union blames Tory cuts, pri­vati­sa­tion and out­sourc­ing for the job losses. Its na­tional sec­re­tary for pub­lic ser­vices Re­hana Azam said: “To­day’s Con­ser­va­tives seem in­tent on drag­ging us back to the dark days of the past. GMB mem­bers are per­form­ing mir­a­cles, but the vi­tal ser­vices they de­liver are stripped back and hol­lowed-out and de­nied the re­sources they need.

“Work­ers are de­nied the fair pay rises they de­serve.”

A GMB re­port found the cost of agency and tem­po­rary work­ers has in­creased by AT least four peo­ple died when a lorry smashed through a mo­tor­way cen­tral reser­va­tion and ploughed into on­com­ing traf­fic.

One car was oblit­er­ated and an­other over­turned in yes­ter­day’s crash on the M5. A white truck ended up in a ditch be­side the road.

Car­di­ol­o­gist Dr Amer Hamed was “10 to 20 sec­onds be­hind” the crash.

He said: “There was a lorry in­volved and at least two cars.One was ab­so­lutely de­stroyed, an­other had flipped.”

Dr Hamed and a pass­ing GP helped an in­jured woman, who was later flown to hos­pi­tal by air am­bu­lance. Some 13 am­bu­lances were also sent to the scene.

Avon and Som­er­set Po­lice said: “We were called at just af­ter 2.30pm to the col­li­sion be­tween J15 and J14 north­bound, north of Bris­tol, in­volv­ing sev­eral ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing a lorry. Sadly at least four peo­ple have died.”

Hun­dreds of Derby County FC fans got stuck in the six-mile tail­backs af­ter a match at Bris­tol City FC’s Ash­ton Gate. Po­lice said the closed M5 sec­tion was un­likely to open un­til 2am to­day.

On Thurs­day, a 27-year-old man died in a col­li­sion at a nearby junc­tion. £2.5bil­lion since 2012-13 – more than the £2.2bil­lion the Trea­sury es­ti­mated the pub­lic sec­tor pay cap would save in 2017-18. The fig­ures come as the Govern­ment an­nounced the lift­ing of the seven-year, one per cent cap for some pub­lic staff. Labour MP Peter Dowd, Shadow Chief Sec­re­tary to the Trea­sury, said: “Thanks to Con­ser­va­tives’ cuts, our un­der­staffed and un­der­funded ser­vices are be­ing stretched to break­ing point.”

CAR­NAGE 999 crews bat­tle to aid vic­tims BLOCKED Peo­ple wait to pass the crash scene

FAIR PAY GMB’s Re­hana Azam

AIR RAGE Ryanair plane

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