Fair pay is the way to protect public services as high inflation continues

Ministers must move on wages as workers struggle

Commenting on new figures published today (Wednesday), showing inflation remains near a four-decade high, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“There’s no hint of an end to the price-rise nightmare for millions.

“Wage increases are miles off the recent leaps in food and energy costs. It’s even worse for public service employees.

“Ministers have to understand that unless workers are paid fairly to help them weather increased prices, essential services will never recover for the public.

“Chronic staff shortages in health, local government and education cannot be fixed if workers continue to quit for better pay elsewhere.”

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.

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