Women bearing brunt of recent cuts

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WOMEN are bearing the brunt of council job cuts according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The GMB union have criticised the figures, which show that since cuts were introduced, 68 per cent of jobs shed at Wigan Council belonged to women.

Since the beginning of 2010 to the end of 2011, some 1,744 people have been shed from jobs at Wigan Council. Of these, 1,199 were women.

In the North West region as a whole the drop in the number of workers employed by councils between the first quarter of 2010 and the third quarter of 2011 was 32,762.

The drop in the number of women employed by these councils in this period was 21.351.

Paul McCarthy, GMB Regional Secretary said: “The drop in the number of women employed in local government and state schools in the region accounts for 65.2 per cent of the drop in numbers employed by these councils and schools since the general election.

“Women suffering like this a direct result of the government cuts in public spending. This was entirely predictable because the public sector employs more women than men.

“The drop in the number of women employed in the public sector means a serious loss of income from employment to women in the North West region.

“Many households depend on having income from two wage earners to pay the mortgage and the household bills.

“The impact will be even worse in the quarter of households with children that are headed by lone parents, 90 per cent of whom are women.

“In the middle of the worst international recession for 80 years it is the government itself that is creating unemployment with 381,000 public sector posts already gone and still more cuts to come.

“These lost jobs could have been available to the 2.7 million workers now facing the despair of mass unemployment.”