Ministers must pay workers fairly to protect public services

New figures show why wages must rise

Commenting on new figures today (Tuesday) from the Office for National Statistics showing public sector pay rises are still way below inflation and significantly less than those in the private sector, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“When it comes to pay, the people providing vital public services are being treated as also-rans.

“It’s no wonder there are chronic staff shortages in health, care, local government and education, when the pay is far better elsewhere. Workers are scared for the future when they see their wages no longer cover the bills.

“Ministers must wake up and realise that essential services will fall apart unless public sector employees are paid fairly.”

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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