Solo parents forced to work; but where are the quality jobs?
The Government is increasing the expectations of paid work from solo parents without any thought as to where the jobs will be, the Council of Trade Unions said today.
“There are already 100,000 part time workers who are wanting more secure hours of work,” said CTU secretary Sam Huggard.
“The risk is that parents will be forced into jobs in the service sector, where casual, low paid work is the norm and there is already intense competition for available hours.”
“Insecure, low paid work will do little to boost family incomes, and will create more stress on parents and negatively impact on their most important job of all; caring for their children.”
“The Government needed to use this Budget to set out a bold plan for good jobs, in our cities and in our regions, the Government has failed to do this.”
“Stagnant wages, the lack of a plan for quality jobs, and cuts to public services which make up the social wage for workers, all mean this is a budget that is no good for families,” Huggard said.