‘UK austerity hits women the hardest’

Dagenham sewing-machinists strike in 1968.

Britainâ„¢s largest unions body the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has criticized the British government austerity measures, saying the policies are y taking women back years.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady argued the coalition governmentâ„¢s plans to tackle the deficit through spending cuts, tax rises and benefit reforms, threaten progress of women in workplace and society.

Speaking at the 45th anniversary of the Dagenham sewing machinists’ strike, O’Grady said, Å“There’s a real risk of going backwards, not just in terms of women’s jobs, but in terms of the pay gap and the vital public services that allow women to work in the first place”.

On 7 June 1968, 187 women sewing-machinists at Ford Dagenham in east London struck against sex discrimination in job grading.

This comes as the Office for Budget Responsibility said the public sector workforce, including women, is expected to decline by 1.2 million between 2011 and 2018.

According to an earlier study by consumer group Which? on how people are coping with their finances, British women tend to be not only the worst hit but also less optimistic about the prospects of the wider economy.

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This article originally appeared on: Press TV