Commenting on today's unemployment and pay figures, Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said:
"The figures make for grim reading but they tell the story of life in Tory Britain today, with unemployment remaining high and wages being cut across our economy.
"We warned more than two years ago that austerity would not work and we have been proved right.
"We urgently need investment in jobs and pay rises to reverse the catastrophic fall in people's living standards and to get our economy moving again."
- The union's annual conference, in Brighton from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 May, will be dominated by the ongoing campaign against the government's cuts to pay, pensions, jobs and conditions. For media accreditation and information contact PCS national press officer Richard Simcox on 07833 978216 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- PCS is the UK's sixth largest union and represents civil and public servants in central government and in parts of government transferred to the private sector. Mark Serwotka is the general secretary and the president is Janice Godrich - on Twitter @janicegodrich
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