In the past 12 months over half a million workers have been sacked across Northern Ireland and Britain. In the North, over 102,000 people are unable to find work – more than double the official unemployment statistics.
The rise of unemployment has become an emergency. The ‘green shoots of recovery’ which many capitalist economists predicted earlier this year have shown to be nothing more than wishful thinking. Most economists now admit that any recovery will be very weak, and it is ruled out that sufficient jobs will be created in the next year to absorb the hundreds of thousands of people joining the dole queues. Workers who face losing their jobs and the galling prospect of having to survive on paltry benefits though are beginning to resist job losses.