A new TUC report has set out a plan to prevent mass unemployment in the region following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published today (Monday 6 July), A Better Recovery For The West Midlands warns that there is a high risk of mass unemployment without a recovery plan centred on protecting and creating jobs, backed by major investment.

Commenting on the report, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “People are very worried about their jobs. Many have been laid off already. Losing your job is a dreadful experience - devastating for families. And if we allow mass unemployment to take hold, our economy will be smaller, and the recovery from the pandemic will be slower.

“That’s why good jobs are at the heart of our recovery plan for the West Midlands. Jobs in a reborn manufacturing sector. Jobs in the green tech we need to safeguard our future. Jobs in a revitalised transport system.

“And we must value our public services in the West Midlands, too. Key workers kept us going through the crisis. But after 10 years of cuts, it was much harder for them than it should have been. It’s time to rebuild local public services for the future.

“This week, we’re asking the chancellor to put his faith in people in the West Midlands and across the UK with big and bold investment. If he backs us in this way, we can avoid mass unemployment, work our way to recovery and build back better.”