I want to hear your views on jobs

As a local Labour Candidate for the General Election, I spend a great deal of time meeting with local people, listening to their hopes and concerns. Something I hear more and more are concerns about jobs; the lack of good jobs for our young people, job insecurity and low pay.

The economy isn’t working for working people and the cost of low pay and insecure work is adding billions to social security budgets.

Long term youth unemployment has soared under the Tories, costing tax payers millions a year. At the same time low paid and insecure work is leaving more people reliant on benefits to help pay their bills. Under the Tories we’ve seen record numbers of people who can’t get the hours or work they want, costing the country over £1 billion a year in benefits.

Meanwhile Nick Clegg has been too weak to stand up to David Cameron and has backed the Tories failed approach all the way. As for UKIP they want to abolish your rights as a worker, including parental leave, maternity pay, holiday pay, sick pay, and even redundancy pay.

In the Labour Party we’re determined to do something about the problem. We will:

• Back the next generation with a job guarantee for the young unemployed
• Tackle the abuse of migrant labour to undercut wages by banning recruitment agencies that only hire foreign workers
• Make sure that unemployed young people who don’t have the skills they need to get a job are in training, not on benefits
• Make work pay by increasing the National Minimum Wage and providing tax breaks to firms that boost pay through the Living Wage

But I want to hear your views on what more needs to be done to create a healthy, prosperous and integrated community.

You can let me know your views by visiting the Southend Labour website at www.southendlabour.com and clicking on ‘Have your say‘. You can also email me at warelane@gmail.com

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One Response to I want to hear your views on jobs

  1. from outside Essex

    • Back the next generation with a job guarantee for the young unemployed
    Great idea – but how do you ensure that you get real jobs – purposeful, permanent and paying well? And what about the old unemployed – desperately worried that they have not provided enough for their old age in an increasingly self-reliant world (often having used what little savings they might have to fund their children or their parents’ care) – and with little time left to do so, yet unable to get work to enable them to save or boost their pension.

    • Tackle the abuse of migrant labour to undercut wages by banning recruitment agencies that only hire foreign workers
    Also enforce minimum wage legislation – gang masters under-paying or “deducting” should be hassled out of existence. Making such a (recruitment) ban water-tight might be difficult however – can equality legislation be used?

    • Make sure that unemployed young people who don’t have the skills they need to get a job are in training, not on benefits
    Again, great idea – but how do you ensure that you then get real jobs – purposeful, permanent and paying well? What if you have the skills but there are no jobs?

    • Make work pay by increasing the National Minimum Wage and providing tax breaks to firms that boost pay through the Living Wage
    We have got to stop using the benefits system to subsidise Scrooge employers- but that means having an answer to global competition.

    The elephants in the room?
    – just perhaps globalisation is not working for us. Does any party (other than the Greens) address this mega issue?
    – just perhaps job supply is an issue as much as supply of suitable labour. Does any party dare suggest suitable interventions?

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