UNISON has today slammed the government over a Treasury letter to the chair of the public sector Pay Review Bodies (PRB) – including the NHS PRB – which stated that not all staff will get a pay rise as promised in the Summer budget.
UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “It is clear from this letter that the government’s promise of a one per cent pay rise for public sector workers was all smoke and mirrors.
“There was no substance to Osborne’s claim and NHS staff will be bitterly disappointed to hear many of them may not even get an extra penny for five more years.”
The letter states that ‘the government expects pay awards to be applied in a targeted manner’ and that some workers could receive less than one per cent.
Dave Prentis added: “It is difficult to see how much targeting you can get from a miserly 1 per cent without resulting in hundreds of thousands not getting a pay rise at all.
“Ministers’ acknowledgment of saving at least £8bn with the pay caps and freezes imposed on public sector pay proves it is nurses, healthcare assistants, porters and paramedics who are still paying for a deficit they have nothing to do with.”