Commenting on the news that the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) could support a Labour motion calling for an end to the public sector pay cap in the NHS, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“This is even more evidence that the Conservatives have lost the argument on public sector pay. Ministers must know they’re in the wrong when even their quasi-coalition partners in the DUP have turned against them, and backed pay rises for NHS workers.
“UNISON’s campaigning on this vital issue has really begun to pay off. Across the country teaching assistants, paramedics, social workers and police support staff are contacting Conservative MPs so they can better understand the human cost of the punishing pay cap.
“Theresa May is losing her majority on public sector pay, and we know there are Conservative MPs sympathetic to our calls for real pay rises for all public service workers.
“It’s now time for the PM and the Chancellor to deliver those proper pay rises, and not drag this out a day longer. We’ll be keeping up the pressure on all MPs until the vote, and until all public servants get the pay rises they deserve.”