Vernon Coaker, Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, in response to the announcement from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions that 26,000 public sector jobs will be lost in Northern Ireland by 2017, said:
“I am very concerned by the findings of this report which predicts that Northern Ireland will have the highest number of public sector job losses of any UK region.
“The Tory-led Government’s spending cuts and tax rises go too far and too fast. The impact of their disastrous economic policies – which handed Northern Ireland a cut of £4bn to its budget – has choked off the economic recovery and put more people out of work, meaning the Government is set to borrow £158 billion more than planned.
“Labour has proposed a five point plan to deliver jobs and growth in Northern Ireland, including reversing the Tories damaging VAT increase to help get business moving and help people through these difficult times.”