Pay rise must be for all and properly funded, says UNISON

Commenting on reports that the Treasury is to announce a public sector pay rise next week, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“For almost a decade, the wages of public sector workers have been hit hard by the government’s austerity agenda. The incomes of NHS, council, police and school staff will be a long time in recovery from years of pay caps and wage freezes.

“The Prime Minister appears motivated by concerns for her legacy, not by a genuine desire to repair this damage. Any extra money must be for all public servants, and the government must stump up the extra cash for any pay increase.

“Otherwise services at breaking point will have to be cut further, close altogether or lose yet more staff. Public servants keep this country running and hold communities together. They all deserve a proper wage rise, but not at the expense of the services they deliver with such dedication.”

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.

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