Hitting wages of key workers ​would be ‘worst possible’ blow to economy, says UNISON      

Christina McAnea says taking money from pockets of public sector staff is deplorable

Responding to an analysis published today (Friday) by the TUC revealing the economy in England faces a £1.7bn hit from ​government cuts to key workers’ pay, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:     

“Taking money from the pockets of ​employees at the heart of the pandemic response is ​nothing short of deplorable. ​It would also deliver the worst possible blow to the Covid-scarred economy.  

“The Prime Minister claims he wants to boost the public sector workforce. Yet hitting wages is going to see more staff leaving not joining, especially in care where pay is at poverty levels.    

“Job vacancies have proved devastating to the NHS and care sector. ​Without an urgent rethink on pay, the government ​risks losing experienced staff. 

“Fair wages for key workers would help protect public services and deliver the required economic boost.” 

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.

Media contacts: 
Anthony Barnes M: 07834 864794 E: a.barnes@unison.co.uk 
Garfield Myrie M: 07866 436014 E: g.myrie@unison.co.uk