18/01/2012

UK Govt. Criticised Over Public-Sector Job Cuts

Northern Ireland will be the UK region hardest hit by public sector job cuts.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has said that 26,000 public sector jobs would go in NI by 2017.

It said the executive must take firm action to defend the NI economy from the coalition government's plans.

ICTU general secretary Brendan Barber said: "The government needs to devote much more time and energy towards solving our growing jobs crisis. Instead it's making the problem worse, cutting jobs in the public sector and failing to secure growth to protect private sector employees."

Meanwhile Vernon Coaker, Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary said he is very concerned by the report’s findings.

He said: "The Government’s spending cuts and tax rises go too far and too fast. The impact of their disastrous economic policies – which handed Northern Ireland a cut of £4bn to its budget - has choked off the economic recovery and put more people out of work, meaning the Government is set to borrow £158 billion more than planned.

Previously Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted to focus on promoting the private sector and noted that he believed Northern Ireland received too much state funding.

(LB/GK)

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