Boris Johnson is calling for the abolition of 91,000 jobs amid a cost-of-life crisis

Boris Johnson is calling for the abolition of 91,000 jobs amid a cost-of-life crisis

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson is seeking to eliminate 91,000 public service jobs in a desperate attempt to alleviate the cost of living crisis.

Johnson told his cabinet on Thursday he wanted to cut the government’s workforce by a fifth, which would save $ 4.2 billion.

“We have to cut the cost to the government to cut the cost of living,” Johnson told the Daily Mail.

The prime minister’s popularity has recently fallen to new lows as a result of the cost-of-living crisis, with the consumer price index rising to 8.7% in 2022 – almost double the 4.4% ceiling projected in October 2021, show government records.

The Labor Party criticized the move, telling The Post, “The cabinet has said it will focus on the cost-of-living crisis facing families across the country.”

“Instead of implementing an emergency budget, they chose to disappoint the workers once again through pointless rhetoric and lack of action,” the party spokesman added.

People queue to board a London bus on March 1, 2022, during a day-long strike on the London Underground Transport (TfL) service.
People queue to board a London bus on March 1, 2022, during a day-long strike on the London Underground’s Transport for London service.
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Mark Servotka, general secretary of the Association of Public and Commercial Services, told The Post Johnson that her move “is not about efficiency”.

“This is the prime minister trying to create a smokescreen to reduce the total destruction of a government,” Serwotka told The Post. “He has chosen to cause our cost of living crisis and is desperate to take responsibility somewhere – and he has chosen to point the finger at the hard-working PCS members who have kept the country afloat throughout the pandemic.”

“Our members will not be the scapegoats of a failed government,” Serwotka added.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson talks with local business leaders after organizing a day outside the Council of Ministers, in pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, in central England.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson talks with local businessmen after the organization of a day of the cabinet, in a pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, in central England.
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A worker rides an escalator on the underground section of the Elizabeth Line on Liverpool Street in London, Britain.
A worker drives an escalator in the underground section of the Elizabeth Line on Liverpool Street in London.
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A government spokesman defended the move, telling The Post: “The prime minister and the ministers are clear that the public administration is doing an excellent job, offering to the public and leading to progress in government priorities.

“But when people and businesses across the country are facing rising costs, the public rightly expects their government to set an example and operate as efficiently as possible.”

The recent election in the United Kingdom has shown how little confidence the British have in their leader, as Johnson’s Conservative Party has recorded abysmal results compared to previous years, having lost almost 500 seats earlier this month.

The prime minister wants the public administration to return to the employment numbers of 2016 in the coming years, confirmed a government spokesman.

London's transport workers help passengers board buses during a strike by members of the Rail, Shipping and Transport Union (RMT) in central London.
London’s transport workers help passengers board buses during a strike by members of the Rail, Shipping and Transport union in central London.
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Workers see a ticket machine on the underground section of the Elizabeth Line in Paddington, London
Workers see a ticket machine in the underground section of the Elizabeth Line in Paddington, London.
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The number of public services has reportedly increased since then to 475,000 equivalent full-time jobs, according to BBC News. Johnson hopes to reduce that number to about 384,000.

Johnson suggested the billions saved could be used for tax cuts, telling the Daily Mail: “Every pound the government chooses from taxpayers is money they can spend on their own priorities, on their own lives.”

The Conservative Party declined to comment.

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