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Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) responds to Cameron’s announcement on apprenticeships

Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) responds to Cameron’s announcement on apprenticeships


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Responding to Cameron’s announcement on apprenticeships, a spokesperson from Class said:

“Although David Cameron’s announcement that Morrisons has created 9,000 new apprenticeships is welcome, on the whole the Coalition is failing to provide secure, well-paid work for the majority of British residents.

“The UK economy currently has the second largest proportion of low-skilled jobs out of all the OECD countries, and 1-in-5 employees (around 4.9 million people) earn less than the Living Wage. Over 3 million part-time workers want more hours but can’t get them.

"Coalition employment policies have largely been an exercise in tinkering at the edges. British people need stable work that pays enough for decent quality of life. For that to happen, it’s time for a significant rise in wages, tighter employment regulations, and an end to the attacks on trade union rights.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) is a new think tank established in 2012 by Unite the Union, GMB and the Institute of Employment Rights to act as a centre for left debate and discussion and has the growing support of a number of trade Unions including ASLEF, CWU, FEU, GFTU, NUT, PCS, PFA, TSSA, UCATT, MU, NUM, BFAWU and UCU. Originating in the labour movement, Class is working with a broad coalition of supporters, academics and experts to develop and advance alternative policies for today.

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