Commenting on the news today (Wednesday) that the consumer prices index rate of inflation rose by 4.2% in October, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“The government has been passing off pay cuts for public service workers under the guise of wage rises.
“The 3% increase for NHS staff is a pay cut in all but name. It doesn’t even keep pace with the cost of living and is no way to deal with the staffing crisis.
“Council and school staff have been offered less than half the rate of inflation and many public services are still enduring a pay freeze.
“Care is on its knees and the workers who provide it are on poverty wages, unable to pay their spiralling bills.
“If this continues employers won’t be able to recruit staff or keep those they have, meaning care homes will close and bins won’t be collected.
“The truth is millions of key workers are falling further and further behind while wages increase in other parts of the economy. So much for the myth of levelling up and the desire for world-class public services.”
Notes to editors:
-UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.