Women and the Cuts – Northern TUC Women’s Committee – Newcastle ~ 8th March 2012

18 February 2012 at 8:40 pm

The reality behind austerity and the negative impact on women

The unfairness of the government’s attacks on the public sector has been widely recognised, not just by the trade union movement, but by much of the national press, the NGO and charity sector, community groups, religious organisations, many academics, and a range of think tanks.

On an almost daily basis, the government announces new policies that will have a negative impact upon women. The abolition of the Women’s National Commission, cut backs and a review of the functions of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and cuts to legal aid are just a few examples of recent government announcements, before and since the CSR, which will have a direct, negative effect on women.

The labour market statistics for Sept 2011 revealed
* Unemployment amongst North East women is at its highest since records began.
* The number of women claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance is at its highest level since 1996.
* Women now make up 33.9% of JSA claimants – the highest proportion since the data began in 1983.
* The number of women made redundant increased 72.3% on the previous quarter.
* 295,000 women have been unemployed for over 12 months, the highest level since Sep – Nov 1994
* 120,000 women have been unemployed for over 24 months, the highest since 1996.
* 701,000 women in involuntary part-time work are the highest figures since 1992.
* There are 1,347,000 women who are economically inactive who said they wanted jobs, an increase of 49,000 – the largest increase since 1992.

This International Women’s Day, have your say!

Join with other women from all over the region to fight back against the unfair, unmitigated and unneccessary cuts that are plunging women back into unemployment, poverty and 2nd class citizen status.

The meeting will also launch the TUC’s ‘Women and the cuts Toolkit’ and discuss a programme of work to highlight the continuing impact of austerity on women.

Speakers
* Sally Young: Chief Executive of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Services
* Catherine McKinnell: MP for Newcastle North
* Clare Williams: Chair, Northern TUC Women’s Group

Thursday 8 March 2012
* The Collingwood Room, Civic Centre Newcastle upon Tyne.
* From 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Drinks and canapés from 5.30pm

RSVP Melanie Lowden: mlowden@tuc.org.uk or call: 0191 232 3175

Registration closing date 2 March 2012

Download a copy of the flyer http://www.tuc.org.uk/tucfiles/229/IWD 2012.pdf

Or go to http://www.tuc.org.uk/equality/tuc-20640-f0.cfm

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