Monday, January 26, 2009

Equal Opportunities Recession

Downturn 'hitting women harder'

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said it was going to be an "equal opportunities recession", compared to the aftermath of Britain's previous economic downturns. "Job losses in sectors where men predominate such as manufacturing and construction are now being balanced by job losses in retail and hospitality where more women than men work. But job losses among men are still more likely to hit the headlines as women tend to work in smaller workplaces where redundancies go unnoticed by the media. "With so many households absolutely dependent on women's wages, the government must ensure that women benefit from programmes to help those facing redundancy and the long-term unemployed."

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14 thoughts on “Equal Opportunities Recession

  • mountain goat says:

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  • So in fact, statistically speaking, you’re still more likely to be made redundant if you’re a man then.

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  • My missus is black and blue…. she can’t wait for the upturn… another Stella please….

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  • “With so many households absolutely dependent on women’s wages, the government must ensure that women benefit from programmes to help those facing redundancy and the long-term unemployed.”

    So in other words don’t worry too much about any men who are redundant, pusue policies that favour women, as usual. Basically discriminate against men is what barber is saying.

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  • mountain goat says:

    Bluebeach – yes BBC title is provocative, but perhaps closer to the truth than they realise.

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  • Yeah, this is going to be a real problem for the housing market. Twenty years ago female participation in the workforce was alot lower so if the husband was made redundant the wife could get a job and keep paying the mortgage. More recently however the only way to possibly pay the huge mortgage bills was for both partners to work, which now means when one of them gets sacked they are in deep trouble. Previously there was some ‘redundant capacity’ which could be brought into play in the event of a crisis, these days everyone lives at the limit of their means (beyond it?) All this means housing is in big, big trouble.

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  • Can you make a woman redundant while she’s on maternity leave without facing a huge legal wrangle ?

    Truth is if you had a small company say 10 employees, can you afford for female employees to start going off on maternity leave at a time such as this ?

    It could just be the straw that would break the camels back so to speak.

    That’s not meant nastily or anything, it’s just a fact.

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  • I could see this Government using the story to create new jobs. A Redundancy Diversification officer for every council at 45K pa.

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  • tyrellcorporation says:

    Holding out.

    How about a ‘Sustainable New-Start(.tm) Skills Pathways-Buddy (.tm)’ at £65k, plus benefits and bonus scheme (because we have to attract the top people from industry).

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  • Yes unfortunately women are going to suffer and in many cases they are the responsible,vital contribution to families’ affordability. The situation is very serious indeed

    str 2007 said…Plato
    You post this comment and expect a Spring bounce (earlier thread) interested in your thoughts on bounces.

    Pure gut feeling str……… I am expecting a little respite,then a keenness to place cash in a tangible that looks to have a future and is an accepted safe investment in the psyche. After what is now looking a bargain to many. A huge effort to recapitalise the banking system and inject a ‘feel good’ factor.A temporary bounce of sorts,but not recovering to previous levels. Just a proportionate bounce compared to the last year.
    ……..but all to no avail…….. followed by a period of uncertainty and a massive crash……. Purely my thoughts. I reluctantly gave a timeline to this,taking into account the speed of events…. and don’t get me wrong I see an overall decline in HPs similar to or beyond 2008’s by 2010.

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  • Eyes_wide_shut says:

    Sorry Marcusb we dont all live beyond our means, I’m guessing more than 50% of the people on this site don’t either. I personally, live way below my means.

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  • holding out @7 “A Redundancy Diversification officer for every council at 45K pa”

    Don’t forget the “Redundancy Diversification Efficiency Officer” and the “Redundancy Diversification Racial Equality Enforcement Officer”

    It can go on and on, it already does.

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  • Plato
    I’m even tempted by similar thoughts myself, money if you can get it now is very cheap. Thing is though capital put down will vanish (hence why decent deals require 40% deposit) and can that be justified ?

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  • str………

    I have said before that there is an irony in all this that would not surprise me at all, where a property is the most valuable thing that most could own. In terms of shelter this is very true. Almost a priceless thought!

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