Commenting on media reports today (Monday) that the Treasury is planning a new approach to public sector pay, with wage increases based on performance and location, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“So-called ‘regional pay’ is a complete non-starter for public sector workers, who have already seen the value of their wages fall massively under this government.
“What the Chancellor really means when he talks of wanting greater ‘flexibility’ is to hammer the pay of everyone who works for the NHS, schools, local councils and police forces.
“Nurses, care workers and teaching assistants are already paid far less than their hard work and incredible performance deserves. Public sector employees shouldn’t have to face yet more hurdles just to get a fair wage.”
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 both the public and private sectors.