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Thousands of older job seekers returning to work

Thousands of older jobseekers have returned to work in the last few years Credit: PA

Official figures released today have shown that over 100,000 job seekers over the age of 50 have found new jobs in the last five years.

The city's jobcentres have particularly been focusing on providing back-to-work support for older workers, but the government says employers can still do more.

Public sector workers feeling austerity squeeze

Public sector workers in London and the South East are feeling the squeeze of the austerity cuts more than the rest of the UK. They generally earn the same or less than private sector workers according to a new study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The rest of the UK sees public sector workers earn 4% more than in the private sector, down from 5% in 2012.

This comes a day after members of Unison, Unite and the GMB cancelled a planned strike for Tuesday in rows over pay

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Tube workers will take strike action next week

London Underground workers will take strike action next week it was announced today. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union have been instructed not to book shifts between 2100 hrs on Tuesday October the 14th and 2059 hrs on Thursday October 16th

This is the latest phase in RMT's Every Job Matters campaign in a long running dispute over Tube ticket office closures. After a recent meeting of reps it was decided that the limited progress made had not been enough and the only option was to move back to strike action.

"RMT will not stand back and allow Government-driven austerity cuts to hollow out the Tube system and leave it as a dangerous shell. We are also fully aware that the current cuts are just part of a multi-billion pound attack that will include such lethal ideas as driverless-operation. "The strike action next week is designed to force the mayor to instruct his senior officials to back away from this toxic cuts package and engage in serious and meaningful negotiations."

– RMT general secretary Mick Cash

More than 45,000 London A&E staff attacked over past three years

Some of the incidents uncovered by Conservative London Assembly member Roger Evans' report into attacks on frontline staff were:

  • 45,447 physical attacks on A&E staff, including kicking, scratching and punching
  • 4,017 attacks on London Ambulance workers, and a rise of 23% in physical assaults since last year
  • 7,435 tube staff suffering verbal and physical abuse
  • 5,160 police officers attacked while on duty

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