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Independent: I’m an MP, and I visited an immigration detention centre undercover – what I discovered was shocking

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The total number of unemployed claimants in Edmonton in October 2017 was 2055. This represents 3,8% of the active population being unemployed, compared to 2,5% in the UK.

The Tories say they have a proud record of job creation. But the employment figures mask deep inequalities in our labour market, based on where you live, your ethnic background, genderage and disability. BAME workers are 2,5 to 3,5 times more likely to be unemployed than their white counterparts with equal qualifications. The Tories have failed to address inequalities in the labour market.

7 years of deregulation by the Tories have left working people worse off. The number of people in precarious forms of employment has raised dramatically in the past years to 7.1 million people, one in five UK workers today.  Precarious employment affects particularly young workers, women and BAME workers and covers up relatively low unemployment levels. Precarious employment leads to in-work poverty and insecurity and has similar effects on health and mental health than unemployment.

Work should provide people with security and fulfilment. But for too many people under this government, work is insecure and does not make ends meet. Our labour market is failing and we need a Labour government to secure decent wages and working conditions to workers and a proper support and life-long learning system for those looking for work. 

Press Release: We need more quality jobs now

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Kate Osamor MP

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