Responding to the government’s decision to reject a Labour Party amendment to end the one per cent public sector pay cap, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“The government’s rejection of the proposals to end the pay cap is an insult to paramedics, nurses, teaching assistants, care staff and all public sector workers.
“Ministers have spent the last few months praising public sector workers. This vote was their chance to show they really mean it.
“But the message is clear – the government doesn’t value them enough to give them a wage rise.
“Workers have had enough of this and so have the British public.
“The hardship faced for years by employees must end. And UNISON will work with other unions and the TUC to keep up the pressure for this to happen.”