A few weeks ago the Olympics were being hailed for creating lots of temporary jobs over the past six months, 100,000 of them supposedly in the last quarter and possibly up to 65,000 or so in the previous March to May period. Now the 'Olympics effect' has apparently worn off, as the Standard informs us in an article headlined 'Thousands sign on as Olympic jobs boom ends'.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 15/11/2012 - 00:01.
Alongside the claim of an Olympics boost to the economy, is the claim of an Olympics jobs boost. It is certainly the case that some temporary jobs will have been created during the summer, but it is entirely unclear how many and these claims have been made without any detailed supporting evidence. The Olympics was supposed to have helped reduce unemployment by some tens of thousands between March and May without any specific information as to what these jobs were long before the Games began and after construction had come to an end. Then again in the third quarter the same claims were made, this time for 100,000 Olympics jobs, once again without any specific evidence. Given that tens of thousands of Olympics jobs had already been claimed for the previous months one has to wonder what all these people were doing. According to the statistics 101,000 more people were in work in London during the summer so it seems all of these are simply credited to the Olympics! The other 'evidence' cited is a claim by the Games' organisers that the Olympics would create around 200,000 jobs, 70,000 of which would be volunteers, so these figures appear to have been swallowed whole as the basis for the jobs boost. Of course all sorts of claims for job creation have been made over the years, some of which have then been disowned by the same organisers who proclaimed them, while in other instances the organisers have been unable to provide any information in support of their projections.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 25/10/2012 - 14:06.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Sun, 26/08/2012 - 14:19.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 11/04/2012 - 13:11.
"In this special issue of CLRNews we have tried to document the construction involved for different Olympic Games, the social and employment issues and problems raised and the longer-lasting effects."
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sat, 25/02/2012 - 16:26.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sat, 25/02/2012 - 16:08.
From Labour Behind The Label
As part of the Playfair 2012 campaign we've been lobbying the London Games organisers (LOCOG) to ensure workers making garments and merchandise for the Olympics have their rights respected. And on paper we've had reasonable success. But problems arise when we dig deeper.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Mon, 12/12/2011 - 10:38.
How very modern! Who would have thought shopping could be an anti-Olympics activity? It seems the synergy between the two Stratford monsters has turned into antagonism. You can protest against London
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 10/10/2011 - 21:41.
A while ago the LDA was telling us to treat its own predictions that the London Olympics would result in 50,000 new jobs 'with caution'. Now Newham's Mayor Sirrobin has come up with the even more outrageous total of 100,000 new jobs.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Wed, 23/03/2011 - 03:29.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Sun, 27/02/2011 - 18:11.