Cuts Watch #238: Nearly 150,000 job cuts on the way
A GMB survey of 153 public bodies reveals that nearly 150,000 jobs have already been cut or are at risk. Half are in national organisations; in the regions local authorities and hospitals account for the giant’s share of the list produced by GMB research. Despite the promises of both coalition partners that they would protect the National Health Service, 36,000 of the jobs are in NHS trusts, with thousands more elsewhere in the NHS. The DWP – which will have a massive workload coping with the impacts of the recession – faces 8,000 job losses and the Ministry of Justice 15,000. More than 19,000 of these identified job losses are in Scotland, the hardest hit region, and the GMB report provides a full list for each region.