‘Make it a workers’ budget,’ UNISON urges chancellor

General secretary to call for an end to the pay freeze, real living wage for care workers and proper investment in local government

Chancellor Rishi Sunak with the red Budget box

UNISON is urging chancellor Rishi Sunak to make his 3 March budget a budget for pay, jobs and investment in public services, in order to better rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic.

General secretary Christina McAnea will be highlighting the call in a speech at the TUC’s Rally for a Workers’ Budget, from 7:30pm to 9pm on 2 March.

The union wants to see an end to the pay freeze that the chancellor has declared for some public service workers, together with a real living wage for care workers and a commitment to proper sick pay for all.

As all sectors struggle after a decade of austerity, UNISON is calling for proper investment in public services – including £1bn that is needed to close the funding gap in local government.

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