Unions attack public sector jobs “carnage”

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A UNION has attacked the jobs “carnage” in the public sector after figures showed a 24,000 reduction in the number of workers in the North East.

Public sector employment fell from more than 6.3million before the General Election to less than six million nationally at the end of last year, said the GMB.

Paul Kenny, the union’s general secretary, said: “These figures go a long way to explain why unemployment has increased in the UK since the General Election.

“The Government has been putting people out of work and the private sector cannot make up for the jobs carnage.”

The biggest loss – 52,000. – was in the South West.