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They have been particularly harmful to women, who in most countries make up the majority of those employed in the public sector.
This report, commissioned by EPSU from the Labour Research Department (LRD) looks at what has happened in eight countries where governments have pursued a policy of public sector cuts: the Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the UK.
It finds that, where the evidence is available, it shows that women have lost pay and jobs, and that in some cases they have been more severely affected than men.
However, what is also striking is the extent to which up-to-date information on the position of women in the public sector is unavailable, particularly in respect of earnings.