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YOUNG PEOPLE REJECT CAREERS IN PUBLIC SERVICES - SAYS UNION

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Unison, the UK's largest public sector union, said today that it was not ...
Unison, the UK's largest public sector union, said today that it was not

surprised by the results of a new survey*, which showed that half of all

young people have turned their backs on a career in the public sector.

Malcolm Wing, Unison's head of local government, said:

'With poor pay, job insecurity, and a good bashing every time something goes

wrong, its surprising that more young people haven't been put off a career

in the public services.

'Many local authorities are struggling hard to fill vacancies in social

work, home care, schools and other vital services. The public depend on

these services, we can't do without them and yet the work is undervalued and

the staff put under constant pressure. What is surprising then, is that

when Unison carried out a survey of local government staff earlier this,

year over half of those questioned stayed because they were committed to the

job.

'Pay is a key issue here with young people attracted by the prospect of

higher pay, bonuses and perks in the private sector. Recent research (IDS Management Pay Review Feb 2000) shows that three years after entry a typical 1996 graduate saw their pay rise by 24.1% in the public sector, 41.7% in manufacturing and 55.1% in the service sector. If the government wants world class public services it needs to

invest in the workforce not threaten it with privatisation'.

* for details see LGCnet

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