Tuesday 12 November 2019 / 12:46 PM DWP

Margaret Greenwood responding to the latest ONS employment statistics

Margaret Greenwood, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the ONS employment statistics out today, said:

“These figures are a real cause for concern. Employment is down, wage growth has slowed, and there has been a sharp fall in vacancies which clearly points to an economy that has stalled.

“The Tories’ vision of Brexit with Britain as a deregulated, bargain-basement economy ignores the desperate need for investment when millions are trapped in low paid, insecure work and 70% of children from working families are growing up in poverty.

“Labour offers real change with an immediate real living wage of £10 an hour for people aged 16 and over, a ban on zero-hour contracts and investment in every region and nation of the UK to create decent jobs that lift people out of poverty.”