UNISON calls for end to the pay freeze

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today called on the Government to change tack and take urgent action to revive the stagnating economy and pull families out of financial hardship. The call comes in the wake of today’s report from the Office of National Statistics showing that household incomes are being squeezed harder than in previous recessions.

Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary said:

“The bottom line is that the Government’s austerity agenda is creating a stagnating economy and causing misery to millions of workers and their families. The toxic combination of a pay freeze and inflation is undermining growth and making it harder for public service workers including nurses, care workers, paramedics, dinner ladies, cooks and cleaners to make ends meet.

“NHS and Local Government workers deserve better – they have put in for a substantial pay rise to start to close the gap made by rising inflation and the pay freeze.”