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For years now, public service workers have seen their pay held back by government in the name of austerity. First a freeze then a cap saw public sector pay rise by just 4.4% between 2010 and 2016 while the cost of living rose by 22%.

Public sector workers need a pay rise!

That’s no way to treat people like you, hardworking people who play such a vital role in looking after us and holding our communities together – keeping us safe, healthy, educated, and cared for.

But the tide may be turning. The government is now under real pressure to scrap the 1% cap on public sector wages and UNISON is leading the fight to get you the pay rise you deserve. More and more people are listening and supporting our Pay Up Now! campaign.

Now it’s up to us, in UNISON, to keep that pressure on until we get:

  • an end to the pay cap;
  • government money made available for an immediate pay rise for all public sector workers;
  • an end to government interference in bargaining arrangements for all public sector pay.

We can’t miss this opportunity. They won’t pay up if we don’t all speak up. So, please get involved in our campaign and help us win. Together we can do it.

Why not use our pay calculator to give you an idea of how your pay has fallen behind the cost of living over the last seven years.

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Your pay story

Please tell us how cuts to pay have affected you, and your family, in the last six years.
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Pay pressure is beginning to pay off – but there’s so much more to do

We’re not satisfied with ending the pay cap. We want to see public sector workers recover the real terms losses they’ve been subjected to over nearly a decade of austerity. It’s completely unjust that public servants have been forced to bear the brunt of bailing out the bankers. It’s completely unsustainable to ask those who our nation relies upon to continue to accept lower pay on a permanent basis.

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As part of our Pay Up Now! campaign calling for an end to the pay cap, members have been telling us their stories of living without enough money…

Ideas for your branch

Here’s some ideas and tips on how to get your branch campaigning on pay:

Use your payday as a day to campaign for a pay rise for public service workershow you can help us make a lot of noise about pay

Lights, camera and pay action! Make a film about pay as part of your local campaign – top tips here

Run a pay quiz at your branch meeting – download the questions and answers.

Tell us your pay stories using the form above – talk to us about how the pay cap has affected you

Tweets, posts and hashtagsuse social media effectively to get your pay message out there

Want to blog about pay? Get ideas and help here.

 

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