Commenting on the Chancellor’s letter today (Tuesday) to government departments hinting at future public service pay restraint, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“The fanfare announcement of more pay for some public service workers was clearly just a smoke screen for something altogether more sinister.
“Talking of holding down pay for all the NHS workers – including nurses, paramedics, cleaners, porters and healthcare assistants – and the care, school and council staff who’ve all given so much in the past few months will go down like a lead balloon with the public.
“People are expecting something very different. They want ministers to show proper appreciation for NHS staff and come up with the money for an early pay rise this year, not treat them in such an underhand way.
“Public services have been at the heart of the fight against the virus. More money in the pockets of health, care, school and council workers will help the economy back on its feet.
“Investing in staff and services now will mean the NHS, local authorities and care homes are better prepared for a second surge. And that’s something that every single one of us will want to see.”
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 the public, voluntary and private sectors.