The measures taken by the UK government to rescue the country from recession are not working and causing social unrest according to the International Labour Organisation.
They have warned that scenes like last year’s riots in London and elsewhere could be repeated soon. Youths feeling isolated from society, with little or no opportunities for work took to the streets in August and showed their discontent by looting and causing as much disruption to normal life as possible. One third of British people unemployed have been so for 12 months or more with long term unemployment at its highest rate for 16 years. This stagnant economy can and will cause ‘huge social and economic costs’, the International Labour Organisation have said. They have mentioned that the UK is one of 5 countries facing significant problems from its people being disillusioned by the country’s austerity measures, the others being Denmark, Ireland, Spain and America.
“When people are out of work for more than a year they become demoralised, lose self-esteem and drop out of the labour market. These are individual effects but at some point it leads to anger with everything and with authority. This is very worrying.” Exclaimed Raymond Torres, who compiled the report.
He proclaimed that the fact that the United Kingdom has returned to recession, that the government’s cuts were simply not working. “There was a belief that austerity would reassure the markets, which would lead to jobs and recovery. But this is not the case and confidence has not recovered.”
The organisation has said that Britain should be fully prepared for the possibility of similar scenes to last year’s riots this summer, and with the added problem of the occupy movement, who have used social media fantastically to orchestrate their protests, the coalition government faces an extremely difficult summer.