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A McJob as seen on a Westfield hoarding Stratford 2010

A McJob as seen on a Westfield hoarding Stratford 2010

“Responding to low profitability, the spontaneous actions of individual firms and the more conscious and co-ordinated actions of business and the state have for the most part deepened inequality both social and geographical. They have created downward pressure on wages and conditions, insecurity and generalised disempowerment for the majority of the working population.” p84, Spaces of Social Exclusion, Jamie Gough and Adam Eisenschitz with Andrew McCulloch, (2006)

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On his way to a Job Seekers interview. Stratford 2009

On his way to a Job Seekers interview. Stratford 2009

“Undoubtedly, [mega-event] facilities can generate employment, particularly through the construction phase, and may generate some employment in the longer-term though in the case of event employment much of it will be part-time or casual and low-skilled.” C Michael Hall, Urban entrepreneurship, corporate interests and sports mega-events: the thin policies of competitiveness within the hard outcomes of neoliberalism, in; Sports Mega-events, Social scientific analyses of a global phenomenon, Horne and Manzenreiter, 2006

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“Week in week out, I meet hundreds of youngsters crying out for work. When I recently hosted a graduate employability event at Queen Mary, University of London, in Mile End, we heard from many who were desperate to gain advice and the skills to get on the employment ladder. Students, including graduates who have studied hard and played by the rules, told me how demoralising their search for a job was.” January 2013 Rushanara Ali, MP Bethnal Green and Bow

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