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UNEMPLOYMENT AND LOW PAY IN DERBYSHIRE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 641: tabled on 11 March 1997

Tabled in the 1996-97 session.

This motion has been signed by 26 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House warmly welcomes and endorses two recent research surveys conducted by Derbyshire County Council into mineworkers unnecessarily made redundant by the closures of three of Derbyshire's last pits at Shirebrook, Bolsover and Markham and into jobcentre vacancies in Derbyshire; is shocked to discover that 32 per cent. of those made redundant were still out of work in June 1995 and that this rose to 55 per cent. for those over 45 years of age and that many of these jobs were insecure, non-unionised, deskilled and low paid; notes that the 1996 jobcentre survey indicates that there are, in reality, some 56 job seekers chasing every vacancy in Derbyshire and that many of the available vacancies are temporary or part-time, involve zero hour contracts, more than 40 hours a week, unsociable hours and low pay; further notes that the survey finds that 47 per cent. of vacancies previously covered by wages councils offered rates below recommended wage levels and that 24 per cent. offered less than the income support level for a couple with a young child; strongly believes that a decent Government would do much more to assist the creation of high-skill and well-paid jobs to create a virtuous cycle of benefits savings, increased tax takes, higher consumer demand, the elevation of self-esteem and stemming alienation, crime and drugs; and further believes that Labour's commitment to using the proceeds of a windfall tax on the excess profits of privatised utilities to create work for young unemployed people is a major contribution to this.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.