Women's progress 'in grave danger'
Progress made by women at work and in other areas is in "grave danger" because of the Government's "savage" cuts in public spending, a union leader is to warn.
Cuts in child benefit, maternity grants, working tax credit and housing benefit will hit women disproportionately, according to TUC general secretary Brendan Barber.
He will tell the TUC Women's Conference in Eastbourne that women are facing an "unprecedented assault", including an £18 billion "war" on the country's welfare state.
"With 50,000 NHS jobs going, university funding obliterated, school building cancelled, libraries closing, social care cut, local councils devastated, legal aid slashed, police numbers reduced and our justice system put under unbearable pressure, virtually every aspect of our national life is being affected.
"These cuts will decimate women's employment. According to the government's own figures, half a million jobs in the public sector will go because of the cuts. As two-thirds of the public sector workforce is female, women will bear the brunt once again - with 325,000 women set to join the dole queue.
"Those that are fortunate enough to find work are likely to end up in low-paid, part-time jobs, reinforcing the gender pay gap, reinforcing occupational segregation and the glass ceiling.
"The progress women have made over the years is in grave danger as we battle with the Government's savage, unnecessary and ideological cuts."