UNISON welcomes Liverpool City Council commitments to fair pay

The council is backing UNISON’s campaigns on ending the public sector pay cap and promoting dignity in social care

l-r: Babs Hennessy, Liverpool UNISON branch secretary, Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool; Dave Prentis, UNISON general secretary; Paula Barker, UNISON North West regional convenor (one pic only). credit: Christian Smith/ Liverpool City Council

Liverpool City councillors have passed a motion recognising the effectiveness of UNISON’s Pay Up Now! campaign, which will see the issue of public sector pay debated in Parliament next month.

The Westminster debate – which takes place on 4 December 2017 – was secured after more than 145,000 people signed UNISON’s petition.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Public sector workers across Liverpool have been struggling to get by ever since the government decided to freeze and hold down their pay more than seven years ago.

“Ministers say the cap is no more, but if the Chancellor doesn’t come up with any new money in the Budget next week, the only way local councils like Liverpool would be able to fund a pay rise would be by cutting jobs and services. And no one wants to see that.

“If we value our public services, we must value those that deliver them too. The time has come to give all council, health, school, civil service and police employees a long overdue pay rise.”

 Media contacts:
Charlotte Jeffries T: 0207 121 5466 M:07850 427530 c.jeffries@unison.co.uk
Liz Chinchen T: 0207 121 5463 M: 07778 158175 E: press@unison.co.uk