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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, have seen in 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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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

COMING SOON: 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.

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