Unite urges public sector employers not to cut jobs

Cutting public sector jobs would hinder, rather than help, the UK's economic recovery, according to union Unite/CPHVA.

It was responding to a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which said that almost one in three public sector employers plan to shed jobs this quarter.

Unite said that the public sector was ‘integral' to recovery, as the CIPD predicted that defence and administration in the public sector would be particularly hard hit.

Gail Cartmel, Unite assistant general secretary for the public sector, said that public sector unions had a key role to play in supporting workers during these difficult times and to show the negative effect of losing skills and know-how which happens when staff are made redundant - and these skills are then very difficult to recover.

The CIPD's survey of more than 700 employers found that firms in all sectors plan to cut 6.2% of their workforce in the first three months of 2010 compared with 3.8% in the previous quarter.

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