TUC calls for 1m manufacturing and hi-tech jobs by 2030

Wednesday December 12th, 2018

The Trades Union Congress has called on the government to set a target to create 1m manufacturing and hi-tech jobs by 2030 to bolster its industrial strategy (December 12th).TUC

In a report on the government’s flagship industrial policy, which launched a year ago, the unions’ umbrella group said too little progress had been made and greater checks on its progress were needed.

It urged the government to set targets to ensure the policy achieves its aims of boosting jobs, investment and improving workers’ pay by helping make UK business more productive.

Manufacturing groups have lamented the lack of meaningful progress made since the launch of the industrial strategy, while others have criticised the policy as vague and lacking in measurable outcomes.

Although a council to check on its progress was promised at its launch, it took almost a year before it was established under Andy Haldane, the chief economist of the Bank of England.

Frances O’Grady, the TUC general secretary, said very little had been achieved: “Too many parts of Britain have been held back by a lack of decent jobs. They deserve better.

“That means businesses, government and trade unions working together, locally and nationally, to bring hi-tech industries to more places across the UK.”

The TUC said the target to create 1m manufacturing and hi-tech jobs by 2030 was “ambitious but realistic” and would dovetail with the government’s aim of reducing carbon emissions by 57% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels.

About 2.6 million people across the UK work in manufacturing, with the sector accounting for 44% of all UK exports and 70% of business R&D.

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