Decent jobs and wages manifesto by: The People United Fri 7 June 2013 130 comments How can we get more people into work? What about your wages – do they help you live decently? Cancel reply What they said James Bevan says: Tue 18 June 2013 at 1:21 pm Let’s not let hundreds of thousands of kids waste their potential on the dole. We should give a promise of a decent – fairly paid – to all young people who’re out of work. Andrew says: Wed 19 June 2013 at 6:48 pm We should ban zero-hour contracts. They make people’s lives and livelihoods precarious so that companies can treat human beings like disposable objects. By eroding the reciprocal element of mutual obligation in the employee-employer relationship, zero-hour contracts empower employers to effectively strip away all kinds of hard-won employment rights. Cheryl Pidgeon says: Wed 19 June 2013 at 9:56 pm We need to start a progressive council housing and infrastructure building programme with directly employed workers, quality apprenticeships ,and using sustainable construction practices to contribute positively to the environment and leave a positive and responsible legacy for future generations Charlotte says: Sat 22 June 2013 at 12:48 am Raise the minimum wage as it really isn’t enough to live on John McEvoy says: Sat 22 June 2013 at 7:02 am Give people a living wage and they will come off the dole start spending money and boost econmy.Austerity does not work. Miranda Diboll says: Sat 22 June 2013 at 4:45 pm There’s too much casualisation, especially in the education sector my husband works in. Sometimes contracts will last no more than a week. How are you supposed to plan and budget living like that? It used to be that you were rewarded with a good wage if you were hourly paid to compensate but thats not the case anymore. Dave Semple says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 10:10 am The unions must fight for a living wage for all workers and those on benefits. We must unite behind a general strike to bring down the Con-Dem coalition. Jill hallett says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 10:23 am The fiscal policies of this governentaredisgraceul echoing those of thatcher.this iscreating deprivation and social unrest with similar repercussions. Gerhard MUllerKOsack says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 10:27 am I agree Sandra Atkins says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 10:42 am I work part time and only earn 6.19 an hour. It’s not enough to live, I don’t qualify for housings or council tax benefit. I’d like more hours and better. I’m finding it very hard financially. I’d like more hours and better pay. Cameron jones says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 11:15 am There is nothing for us kids to do down in Thanet we need something to do to spend our time while we are still kids Claire facey says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 11:18 am I think that there is nothing for our younger generation to do and I find that this has made them turn to crime Antonio says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 11:19 am More work. Carl Hudson says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 11:58 am No, I’m a firefighter and we don’t get paid fairly. The cost if living has increased over the last 5 years but minimum wage has stayed the same for five years it seems we have reached a saturation point where it difficult to make ends meat. Carl Hudson says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 11:59 am ..No, I’m a firefighter and we don’t get paid fairly. The cost if living has increased over the last 5 years but minimum wage has stayed the same for five years it seems we have reached a saturation point where it difficult to make ends meat. Stephen says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:15 pm Feels like there’s no decent job chance and leaves people in a vicious. I wouldn’t mind what job I did – just want a chance. David French says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:22 pm Seems to be all one sided cost of living rising but wages staying stagnant. The banks are to blame we need to increase minimum wage. In certain places wages should higher Ruth says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:28 pm Unfortunately I am Unable to work due to my disability. People’s wages are being attacked Anna syvillo says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:29 pm Could could increase minimum wages, high taxes and high living costs. Why is wages staying same and cost if living rising Ruth says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:29 pm ..Unfortunately I am Unable to work due to my disability. People’s wages are being attacked Tracey kenna says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:36 pm Wages are not fair, wages are not equal to cost of living. We should raise the minimum wage. Not enough opportunities for young people, produce more jobs. Regulation of the banks would have helped us not be in a recession . We need top look after our youth create opportunities. Manahil zafar says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:42 pm I think the wages are enough in this country and people can live off them comfortably. The government should open up more businesses so people who are jobless including youths can get jobs. Also the tuition fees should be lowered. Iqra zafar says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:42 pm I think min wage should be slightly raised. Not enough jobs for youth. I think the tuition fees should be lower so more people can afford and go to higher education then they get more jobs too. Warren Lee Cooper says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:45 pm More jobs, especially for students as most of the time we’re over looked V says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:46 pm Provide more opportunities for younger people that is not in part exploitative. Paid training etc. more help for those who are stuck in a rut. More funding for creatives. Matthew Kirk says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:47 pm Apprenticeships V says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:48 pm Introduce higher minimum wage to accommodate living costs which are sky rocketing. Jake says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:49 pm Money goes to those with money. Get rid of the massive divide between rich and poor Rachel says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:50 pm A wider range of apprenticeships in the performance sector. How can teenagers get a job when all require experience and nobody is willing to give the experience ?! Julie gilham says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 12:58 pm Wages are not sufficient, we need more training, schools need better education cutting education costs. Build people’s confidence with training and goal management. It starts with schools . A by more guidance for unemployed . Channon Donn says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 1:10 pm I think wages are ok in this country, the ratio to wages and cost of living is silly, different wages for different areas, I.e London should be slightly higher. More unions more information on working regulations Emma Harris says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 1:31 pm Times like these people need more help with mental issues, more money should be put into mental health funds, not taken out Jonathan key says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 2:05 pm Uncontrolled globalism has led to suppression of wages and living standards. Helen says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 2:05 pm I think that the got should make it compulsory for new buildings to be ‘green’ and insure that the investment and infrastructure to facilitate this is in the UK. Jonathan key says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 2:09 pm Crime, high commercial rents, and total lack of commercial investment has crippled southend Nicky says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 2:33 pm I’ve been working at HMRC for 31 years, when I joined the terms and conditions decent. But over the years these have been really eroded and now I’m not getting the standard of living my family and I expected. The government have pushed ahead with the cuts regardless of workers opposition, which is really unfair. It’s ordinary staff who’ve been hit hardest. We need to be more honest about saying public sector workers don’t get brilliant conditions. Callum smith says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 2:34 pm No we need more money to help us get through the economy Samantha strick says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 2:34 pm The job cuts are making people lose their jobs and then when they look for work there aren’t any jobs available which makes really difficult Michelle Kent says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 2:42 pm Let’s have a decent ‘Living Wage’. People need to feel they are worth something. The average wage in Cornwall is just £13900 a year, compared to £23000 for the UK. People are happier when they have more money to spend, things will start moving and it will boost the Economy. Daniel Hobbs says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 2:49 pm No my wages aren’t enough to live on. I work in a care home, I have to pay more for travel and things than before Nick Bolton says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 3:13 pm Let’s end unpaid internships please. Internships seem to be the only way to get vital experience needed to get a job and having companies only accepting unpaid internships means only young people who have parents to support them can afford to do them. Meaning that young people from less well off backrounds are at more of a disadvantage. Paul says: Sun 23 June 2013 at 5:51 pm How to get more people into work? well, try scrapping the climate change act for starters. It’s done more damage to the job prospects of th young in our country than Cameron, Clegg and Milliband combined could ever do. Oh hold on they passed ths law. Peter Smith says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 9:43 am NHS, Education, Social responsibility???? Peter Smith says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 9:45 am We need advent living wage for all Graham walker says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 9:58 am More concentration on local requirements regarding employment and more flexibly in recruitment Reva Lewis says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 10:05 am I don’t agree with minimum wage, I don’t know how we would get more people into job but it is a major concern. Minimum wage is not does not give a decent standard of living, Joanna Robbins says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 10:17 am Raise the minimum wage Arn Dekker says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 10:17 am I’m not sure, minimum wage means we get paid fairly. I would say that minimum wage needs to increase because cost if living is high. Supporting manufacturing in Britain and stop firms moving business abroad. James Youd says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 10:19 am Government job creation. Wages should be completely equal for all people regardless of job or otherwise. I call it socialism, some of us still think it is possible. Even if the Labour Party don’t. Virginia Lavender says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 10:28 am Try to get young people into training for a skill, eg.plumbing or mechanics. The country needs lots of engineers. Jill Eastland says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 10:36 am Invest in the green economy Graham Milbourn says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 10:56 am Pretty low in relation to the cost of living. Wages in Cambridge are high, so this is good. Get people to retire earlier maybe 60 Molly Warrington says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 11:13 am More investment to create more jobs; more attention to low-paid jobs in public and private sectors. Suggest redirection of resources from Trident to NHS and education (NOT Academies / Free Schools but local comprehensives) Ann says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 11:19 am No, banning zero hour contracts, minimum wage is too low when the cost of living is so high. Back to 17.5% on value added tax. Kiya rothman says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 11:26 am I think education is vital, however, children lack enthusiasm, therefore I think that would be a good starting, in terms of wages that current economical climate must be fixed before change occurs as it may cause another recession, however I do believe that once that is figured out then wages should be increased and more fairly spread, so those with jobs that make a difference to society I.e. medics and fireman should be paid more that say an office worker depending on their role. Vicky hornsby says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 11:35 am More apprenticeships offered by businesses. No more unpaid internships. Increase minimum wage so people don’t need to claim benefits and tax credits. My wages are decent. Monica says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 11:40 am Provide more jobs. They are claiming they creating jobs in thee private sector but we need jobs in the public sector, they are cutting nurses policemen, Jody says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 11:41 am I was made to pay back £5,000 of housing benefit due to a technicality… even though I wasn’t earning! Diane Morrison says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 12:29 pm I work in the charity sector, get paid v low wages even though I have a Cambridge degree and a masters degree from London as well. I am committed to doing good for people but I can barely afford to pay bills and I can’t afford rent. The charity ector is necessary at the moment, we save the government money and sacrifice ourselves because we want to do good. But it can’t go on like this as more and more people in the charity sector are getting stressed, I’ll and are too poor to look after themselves Howard Ralph says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 12:43 pm I met these guys they care about the community and found it interesting Rachel wildermuth says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 12:45 pm I am 24 and have worked since I was 16 in the child care industry in different positions I fell pregnant last year about 4 weeks before I would have been entitled to maternity pay I was sacked but the previous month I was made a supervision of a baby room I think that the owners heard about my pregnancy and thought it would be easier to let me go rather than find a replacement. After this I had to leave my accommodation as it was damp ha Katharine says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 12:49 pm I started a degree in youth work under a labour government and finished under the coalition, in one of the very first lectures we were warned that youth work is often the first to suffer cuts, now I’m job hunting I understand exactly what they meant, cuts in services for young people have worryingly come about at the t Justin Constantinou says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 12:51 pm We do need to get more people into work, the question is how? The Keynesian approach, whilst it would make sense, the ruling class is not going to go for that, or at least not on a scale that will actually create growth and jobs. The other problem with the state investment is that it will be nationalist. I am certainly in favour of a national health service and the putting finance, transport, energy utilities under public control, housing ect, Katharine says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 12:53 pm At the same time as soaring youth unemployment, means the government need to get their heads out of the sand, closing services that engage young people do nothing to help raise awareness for young people as the best industries that are still employing people Rachel wildermuth says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 12:58 pm Mon 24 June 2013 at 12:45 pm I am 24 and have worked since I was 16 in the child care industry in different positions I fell pregnant last year about 4 weeks before I would have been entitled to maternity pay I was sacked but the previous month I was made a supervision of a baby room I think that the owners heard about my pregnancy and thought it would be easier to let me go rather than find a replacement. After this I had to leave my accommodation as it was damp, I then moved home with parents, during my pregnancy I had lots of issues with money in regard to the job centre and a hospital trip I was told to switch to income support as my unborn baby needed me to rest to develop properly I was told to claim income support and was advised to close my USA claim but then I was told I was too early even though I had been advised by hospital staff. I had all money stopped for about 18 weeks, I had no income to live on and was told to apply for loans crisis loan and budgeting, now myself and my son are waiting to be housed by the council but this is taking too long and other people are getting housed as their needs are seen to be greater, I was told to apply for yet more loans to help with a deposit for a home but I am maxed out at the job centre, the council said they would help with some funds but they are now saying I can’t get a loan and they don’t wish to pay the amount I need. I have been saving money from my benefits and trying hard I felt like I had been kicked when the council officers looked down their noses at me and said that my 150.00 was not a lot, it’s a lot to me ! I have worked s Jill Eastland says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 1:06 pm I am struggling to earn enough as an artist for me and my family survive Nigel Gawthrope says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 1:09 pm A comprehensive programme of council house building. A renationalisation of public utilities and proper incentives for companies to take on apprentices Justin Constantinou says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 1:18 pm what I’m saying is there is still a role for the state to control some industries, but not wholesale. Instead of the Keynesian approach we should consider work sharing, because this is something that can be implemented on an international scale. This would also take out the competition element which puts downward pressure on subsistence wages through the reserve army of the unemployed, which is an inevitable result of our move to finance capital and deindustrialisation. Unemployment has been cranked up in order to restore profits, hence the austerity, we cannons continue with a system of 670trillion dollars derivatives market or 27trillion dollars sitting in the New York bank of Melllon, a investors bank which is hoarding investors money capital. There is an investors strike of capital in other words , because they still feel austerity has not gone far enough, to drive down wages and get the profits they want. It has got to the point where the bank of Mellon is charging investors to keep money there, so they are losing money, which is why they are calling for austerity. As comrade James Youd said, we need socialism, we need to supersede capitalism so that the working class can become the ruling class, work sharing, real training schemes at trade union rates of pay, democratic control over the economy ect. Dave Farrar says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 2:21 pm Take over the means of production – Wages pay the bills, the more wages, the bigger bills you can pay Christine Pettengell says: Mon 24 June 2013 at 2:34 pm Invest in council housing, create ‘green’ jobs. Campaign for living wage not minimum wage. Charles wright says: Tue 25 June 2013 at 9:09 am I would like to find someone who knows how to find out about anything for people with limited stability due to a railway accident 24 years ago Mark Gillings says: Tue 25 June 2013 at 9:23 am I worked as a warehouse manager for nearly 30 years, so have paid in national insurance and taxes. But when I lost my job 18 months ago – when the company restructured – I could get no real support. The only jobs that are available at the moment are part time (temporary) jobs. I’ve only been offered some 16hour a week jobs, which isn’t enough t o pay the cost of commuting and the general cost of work. I really want to got back in to work – it’s demoralising. It’s the people who are at the bottom who’re paying for the crisis. The government need to clamp down on zero contracts and temporary contracts – to give people stability. People need hope. Not everyone on the dole is a scrounger, in fact hardly anyone is. Yet people get treated like dirt. The main political parties don’t have a clue how people are affected. I want politicians to speak up for people in my situation. Why should tax avoiders be able get away with squirrelling cash away – when I’ve worked hard and paid my taxes yet get no support. James mackie says: Tue 25 June 2013 at 9:48 am We should stop national insurance for both sides, employees and employers. Minimum wage should go up to £7.50 giving a wage of approximately £300. This would get people away from benefits and into jobs. Training needs to be a priority , costs need to go down. Mo says: Tue 25 June 2013 at 9:52 am Training and education are key to help us (young people) to empower and build ourselves for the future. I have been searching for work for almost two years while building my CV with short courses in customer service, retail and even security as well as updating my IT skills. After realising that the jobs market is really competitive and jobs are really hard to get if you do not have a university degree or specialisation in a ‘high-demand-field’. Therefore I tried to do an access to higher learning course which would enable me to study at university to become a physiotherapist. My course was paid for as I was on benefits at the time, however, I was not entitled to any support with my living costs, housing, etc. As far as minimum wage is concerned, it is simply too low as our living costs continue to rise Helen says: Tue 25 June 2013 at 10:37 am People need permanent employment so they can plan their lives and afford decent housing. The growth of the use of zero hours contracts leads to insecure and miserable lives. Clive says: Tue 25 June 2013 at 10:48 am Make wages better, leaving benefits you’re worse off. Raise the amount of hours you can work, without losing benefits. I don’t get wages, I’d like to get back on benefits and not lose my capital for my daughters. I can’t afford to pay for council tax, dental care, rent,pescriptions Salad Dodger says: Tue 25 June 2013 at 10:55 am There aren’t enough jobs for people because companies are allowed to replace humans with robots. It’s illegal to make a person redundant when the work they are doing still needs to be done, so why is it legal when the work will be done by a machine? The loss of customer service and retail jobs affects the whole community. Machines might cut costs for the consumer, but we wouldn’t need them to if we had the jobs! Jan Ainsley says: Tue 25 June 2013 at 11:50 am There are masses of jobs which could be created based on need eg housing, education., environment etc etc. Sara brown says: Tue 25 June 2013 at 4:42 pm I believe the bedroom tax is absolutely awful you are hitting the poorest people young and old potentionally making them sick with worry and stress not knowing where they will end up it is criminal Matt Widdowson says: Wed 26 June 2013 at 11:57 am Tighter regulation for Employment Agencies and greater rights for agency workers Matt Widdowson says: Wed 26 June 2013 at 12:01 pm Make the minimum wage the same as the living wage Martin fore man says: Wed 26 June 2013 at 12:07 pm Stop cutting public services and create. Services that the public need. Guarantee apprenticeships to support the million under 25 year olds . Verity says: Wed 26 June 2013 at 12:43 pm More apprenticeships, opportunities for young people and the chance to help build a better britain David wainwright says: Wed 26 June 2013 at 12:55 pm Start up the council house building programme again Yogendra says: Wed 26 June 2013 at 12:56 pm Please raise the national minimum wage it’s enough to live and sustain Hamza bilimoria says: Wed 26 June 2013 at 1:08 pm Wage increases aren’t high or fast enough because of inflation everything is getting more expensive Julie Harrison says: Wed 26 June 2013 at 2:03 pm Wages are rubbish. It’s not enough for me to live comfortably, especially after bills etc. Sean kettle says: Wed 26 June 2013 at 3:29 pm Introduce Robin Hood tax Karen o'reardon says: Wed 26 June 2013 at 3:31 pm Stop penny pinching and start looking after the English people and giving the families a break and give them the best NHS and education for the children their are so many kids with Dyslexia who are left in taught in schools because schools are so far behind being Dyslexic friendly Karen o,reardon says: Wed 26 June 2013 at 3:38 pm Give employers money to help them train young school leavers and give homeless a chance of a job too an Rosi Leivas says: Wed 26 June 2013 at 4:04 pm It could be better Stephen Fletcher says: Thu 27 June 2013 at 12:20 pm Travelling to job interviews are very expensive. I’m unemployed and looking for work very hard, recently I had three job interviews in one week, to get to them on bus and train it cost over £30 which left little money for bills and looking after my young son. I want to find a good job but we need help. Colin Todd says: Thu 27 June 2013 at 12:31 pm Re-nationalise all utilities and transport Colin bates says: Thu 27 June 2013 at 1:13 pm I don’t think the government are doing enough for ordinary peple Philip Culmer says: Thu 27 June 2013 at 1:14 pm The important things are full employment as an ideal, and a living wage. We need to stop using poverty level benefits as a stick to drive people into poorly paid work, and to subsidise employers. The government should be serving the people, not big business. Susan Dover says: Thu 27 June 2013 at 1:42 pm The place is looking untidy with nothing to do for young people Peter Cairns says: Thu 27 June 2013 at 2:07 pm The working tax credit is reducing all the time, so people in low paid jobs haven’t got a chance. Anne says: Fri 28 June 2013 at 11:32 am Living wages is the only way forward. We need to be paid enough to live on!!! Charlotte Wilkinson says: Fri 28 June 2013 at 12:51 pm Make training a affordable and free if possible, more jobs Amie says: Fri 28 June 2013 at 12:53 pm People on benefits are given benefits and help with job allocation then people who have worked and temporarily need benefits. The help isn’t as easy for the workers. People on benefits seem to be able to choose their job option rather then just taking any job to get started. This is a common opion amongst the people I have met and peer group Paul D says: Sat 29 June 2013 at 9:04 am The rich, the policy makers, the financial industry, all people of wealth and in power need to understand the importance of long-term sustainability. Our economy is built entirely on short-term growth, made through the sacrifice of the future. The only way we’re going to get this message across to them is through unionisation: through the threat of short-term losses, ultimately for everyone’s long-term gain. This is the only way we can deliver this message. Stephen says: Sat 29 June 2013 at 11:14 am If wages are stagnating prices should be frozen too, costs of food and electricity are rocketing. David says: Sat 29 June 2013 at 11:50 am Wages aren’t high enough, companies want to pay as little as they can. It’s the poor getting poorer with benefit cuts and the bedroom tax, they aren’t the ones that caused this mess, the bankers did. The anti trade union laws are making it difficult for employees to get a decent deal. Michelle Mohamed says: Sat 29 June 2013 at 12:14 pm There should give the British people the job Kelly osler says: Sat 29 June 2013 at 12:55 pm Somehow create more jobs and put up minimum wage a little ghost whistler says: Sun 30 June 2013 at 7:06 am Introduce the citizens wage. Mark O'Neill says: Sun 30 June 2013 at 9:50 am Austerity is killing the economy. We are expected to take the hit for the debts that the richest in society have racked up. Aaron says: Sun 30 June 2013 at 1:28 pm As a graduate from Leeds met university, I’ve left education and gone into work, I’ve been made redundant twice in the space of 9 months and can barely secure any contracted work, zero hour contracts need to be addressed its false economy and gives company’s the opportunity to profit and exploit people.. The advice I was given by the job centre was to sign on and claim as I’m better off, this is not the message we should be giving people. Move Britain forward by making the system work correctly rewarding those who work and making work pay!!! Lord Jason crispin says: Sun 30 June 2013 at 1:40 pm I think we should continue to support small business owners to grow and expand their businesses in order to create growth within the private sectors. I think more lessons in school are needed regarding starting your own business and what laws are involved etc. we need to inspire our youth and take away restrictions that stop kids from developing their ideas on a small scale. Lawrence Nash says: Sun 30 June 2013 at 2:09 pm Reduce the working week, as there are not enough jobs too many people. The extra few days left over, could be used as compulsory community work. Reese shaw says: Sun 30 June 2013 at 2:15 pm Don’t let no immigrants in, keep British jobs for British people. No minimum wage is not enough to live on, Michael says: Mon 1 July 2013 at 10:53 am Decent days pay for a decent days work. Wages must reflect the job done. Make working wworthwhile Patricia Seaman says: Mon 1 July 2013 at 11:18 am No cuts to Youth Services. Fight to save the NHS an attack on the NHS is an attack on working people. More affordable social housing one and two bedrooms and no to evictions as a result of the bedroom tax. Reverse all the cuts. Keep the NHS public.implement the living wage. Fund older people’s care. Fair pensions for all. No to public sector pay freeze but let’s freeze MP salary. No to children centre closures provide more affordable child care. No to youth unemployment to more. No to the rise in women’s unemployment do more to ensure women are treated fairly in the workplace. Put equalities at the heart of policy wand introduce accountability. No to violence against women and introduce a schools programme. No to academies and free schools equality in education for all. Repeal anti trade union laws. Save our children and youth services. No to austerity and legislate tax avoidance and evasion. Mansion tax not bedroom tax. More representation of the working classes in Westminster. No to food banks we should be able to feed our families we are not a third world country. Support the vulnerable including disabled people no to ATOS . Reinstate legal aid the law is not just for the rich. No to hs2 we only have one tunnel to mainland Europe where is the benefit and the business case does not stack up. Celebrate diversity and equality support migrant worker and protect them from criminals, ensure they have employment rights and fair pay. Baz freeman says: Mon 1 July 2013 at 11:24 am Stop sending aid abroad give aid to hard working families here. Stop blaming labour,. I hope you lose the next election Cameron. Quicker you are out the better. Jason Brannigan says: Mon 1 July 2013 at 11:25 am Campaign for employers in both the public and private sectors to pay the living wage. Organise workplaces in both the public and private sectors t o recruit both member and shop stewards to support them. Helen says: Mon 1 July 2013 at 12:03 pm Better support for single mums trying to get back into work. Janice steel says: Mon 1 July 2013 at 12:30 pm I can’t use a computer, and the best place to find jobs is now online. We should be investing in training for online cv building and helping people who are computer illiterate look for jobs . Edward Turner says: Mon 1 July 2013 at 1:22 pm People in the public sector seeing all the people in the government getting pay rises and they are stuck to 1% pay rises it creates such a negative effect on the country. Xolani sillah says: Mon 1 July 2013 at 1:24 pm Wages are too little, most jobs pay a minimum wage which is not enough for families to live decently though they may work full time. Sam says: Mon 1 July 2013 at 1:46 pm Start making things again. And what’s the point in keeping employment if your wages fall? Grace Maddison says: Mon 1 July 2013 at 2:31 pm Make tuition fees less, so then more people can ACTUALLY go to uni! Therefore less people will be out of job and on the streets. Logic guys!!!! Jason holroyd says: Tue 2 July 2013 at 10:35 am Bring back the three day week, unemployed people will have a job and it will give people some self respect. Minimum wage is not enough, 24hours is now classed as part time is not good because you can’t any help. Employers are offering 8/16 contracts only which means there’s no help with working tax credits. We aren’t a profit margin we have family’s and bills to pay. Claire John says: Tue 2 July 2013 at 11:00 am Lack of opportunity Callum crane says: Tue 2 July 2013 at 11:38 am We need to use the space we already have, use the jackstones landing to make a music venue or something similar that will draw people from other towns Neil Watson says: Tue 2 July 2013 at 12:45 pm My main concern is that many people are failing the work capability assessment tests by atos healthcare. They are then forced to go to the job centre plus, on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The problem is then that the jobs are not there. So it is very stressful, with many people becoming very ill again. Colin Hampton says: Tue 2 July 2013 at 1:06 pm Full employment should one of the main priorities of government.. Unemployment is not the fault of the unemployed, therefore if the the government cannot provide the conditions for full employment then they should provide a benefits system that allows people to live in dignity. Steve Funnell says: Wed 3 July 2013 at 8:59 am More job creation projects Sarah hodgkinson says: Wed 3 July 2013 at 9:23 am More social housing more regulation to prevent unscrupulous landlords charging extortionate fees for poor accommodation Andy says: Wed 3 July 2013 at 10:27 am Invest in infrastructure Robert Fisher says: Wed 3 July 2013 at 12:03 pm Stop companies bringing in workers from outside the Eu (normally India) to fill what they claim to be skilled IT jobs when they are actually often clerical IT jobs that thousands of UK people could easily do.