Squeezing wages won’t halt soaring living costs, says UNISON 

Christina McAnea says government must deliver the cash for above-inflation wage rises

Christina McAnea

Commenting on remarks made by Andrew Bailey, the governor of the Bank of England, on pay restraint, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Friday):

“Holding wages down won’t stop the cost of living soaring.

“Staff struggling to keep the lights on and put food on the table are already leaving the NHS, care and other public services in their droves.

“The government must deliver the cash so this year’s wage increases are above the rate of inflation. Otherwise, the consequences will be disastrous for everyone.”

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.

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