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The meaning of the F-word: The cuts

Frances O’Grady, TUC deputy secretary

The defining issue of the government is its programme of deep spending cuts. With female joblessness at a 25-year high and women shouldering over 70 per cent of the Budget cuts, it's clear that they're being made to pay for the financial crash. Women have been the UK's greatest economic success story in the past 50 years. Any government searching for growth ignores them at its peril.

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Frances O'Grady is the General Secretary of the TUC. 

This article first appeared in the 12 March 2012 issue of the New Statesman, The weaker sex