Treasury plans for public sector pay will ‘hammer’ workers, says UNISON

Commenting on media reports today (Monday) that the Treasury is planning a new approach to public sector pay, with wage increases based on performance and location, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “So-called ‘regional pay’ is a complete non-starter for public sector workers, who have already seen the value of their wages fall massively under […]

l-r: Babs Hennessy, Liverpool UNISON branch secretary, Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool; Dave Prentis, UNISON general secretary; Paula Barker, UNISON North West regional convenor (one pic only). credit: Christian Smith/ Liverpool City Council

UNISON welcomes Liverpool City Council commitments to fair pay

The council is backing UNISON’s campaigns on ending the public sector pay cap and promoting dignity in social care

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Parliamentary debate on lifting the cap must happen

Over 100,000 people have now signed UNISON’s petition on the parliamentary website calling for an end to the public sector pay cap, making a debate in Westminster look increasingly likely, says the union. The petition urges the government to lift the one per cent cap, and give everyone who works in the UK’s schools, hospitals, […]

It is time for real pay rises for all public service workers, says UNISON

Opening the debate on public sector pay today (Monday) at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “For millions of public service workers struggling to survive, there is no more pressing issue than lifting the pay cap. “They’ve suffered years of brutal austerity and vicious attacks on public services, overseen […]

Conservatives have ‘lost the argument’ on public sector pay, says UNISON

Commenting on the news that the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) could support a Labour motion calling for an end to the public sector pay cap in the NHS, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is even more evidence that the Conservatives have lost the argument on public sector pay. Ministers must know they’re in […]

Jeremy Corbyn is right to say that all public sector workers need a pay rise

Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to the 149th TUC in Brighton, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Jeremy Corbyn delivered a powerful speech that showed why he is such a great friend of working people. He is right to say that all public sector workers need a real pay rise. It’s time for Theresa May […]

Today’s pay move is not nearly enough, says UNISON

Commenting on the news of pay awards for police and prison officers today (Tuesday) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s a tiny step in the right direction but not nearly enough. “For seven long years the government’s harsh pay cap has been hurting public sector workers, their families and the services they provide. “There […]

UNISON calls on PM to follow Scotland and lift the pay cap

Commenting on confirmation from the First Minister that the Scottish government is to lift the public sector pay cap, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s high time the Prime Minister followed suit and scrapped the cap for all public sector employees – no matter where in the UK they work or what job they do. “By […]

Pay cap: the numbers behind public sector pay

Public sector pay is in the news – but what exactly are the numbers behind the pay cap?

Government is out of step with the public mood on pay, says UNISON

Commenting on the latest inflation figures, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “With inflation much higher than wages, nurses, teaching assistants and care staff are getting poorer. “The government’s harsh approach to public sector pay is completely out of step with the public mood. “Every day the pay cap stays, public sector employees are […]

The Chancellor is “completely out of touch” on pay, says UNISON

Commenting on the Chancellor’s comments today (Sunday) on public sector pay, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The Chancellor’s remarks show he is completely out of touch. After seven years of a punishing pay cap, all public sector employees need a pay rise. “The care worker hurrying from house to house doesn’t feel overpaid, […]

Health unions call for the government to act on public sector pay

Seventeen unions representing employees across the NHS have today (Tuesday) expressed anger and deep disappointment at the government’s failure to deal with the ongoing public sector pay crisis. Unions say health staff are angry that ministers have still not said they will allow the pay review bodies to operate without interference, and will fully fund […]

Government must scrap the pay cap says UNISON, as survey shows employees are struggling

Staff providing public services are being forced to cut back on groceries, borrow money from friends or family, and even go without meals to feed their children because the government has capped their pay, according to a survey today (Tuesday) from UNISON. The survey is released to coincide with the first day of UNISON’s national […]

Public sector recruitment hovers on the brink of crisis, warns UNISON

A new report from the Institute for Financial Studies’ (IFS) released today (Friday) on plans for public sector pay highlights problems keeping experienced and skilled staff. The report – which compares plans from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives – highlights the emerging pressure of recruitment in public services as a result of the […]