Millions of public sector workers face pay freeze

  • Millions of public sector workers face pay freeze

Millions of public sector workers face pay freeze

"On the very day we discover the government is planning a pay freeze for millions of workers, GMB is gearing up to lodge a judicial review against the government decision to swindle public sector workers of their pensions should they leave their employment due to redundancy".

Pay increases will still be applied in the NHS, Sunak is expetced to announce, to reflect the efforts made by health workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Public sector debt reached a record high of £2.08trn at the end of October, and Government borrowing swelled to £22.3bn.

In July, 900,000 public sector workers, including doctors, teachers and police officers, were given an above-inflation pay rise of between two and 3.1 per cent to thank them for their contribution during the pandemic.

It said that a three-year pay freeze across the public sector could save up to £23 billion, helping to plug the hole in the public finances opened up by the pandemic.

Robert Colvile, director of the CPS, said: "Healthcare workers aside, it is hard to justify generous pay rises in the public sector when private sector wages are actually falling".

Private companies have been "allowed to secure lucrative Covid contracts to the tune of £17 billion", Mr Serwotka argued.

The reports prompted a widespread backlash from trade union leaders yesterday, with Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, warning that "industrial action can not be ruled out". This is a con job. Whether it is responding to the pandemic or dealing with the challenges of Brexit, our members' work in the public sector has never been more important.

Public sector workers already earn more on average - around seven per cent - than those in the private sector.

"This is a predictable attempt at divide and rule in the middle of a pandemic". Thousands of them have lost their lives in the process.

"So should the delivery drivers for big supermarkets. Working people must not bear the burden of the crisis".

Mr Courtney warned that a pay freeze would also worsen recruitment problems in education, which the government promised to tackle through salary increases.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said a pay cap would be a "cruel body blow" to NHS staff not on the frontline.

Commenting on fresh reports that this will involve a public sector pay freeze exempting NHS workers, Anneliese Dodds said: "Workers on the Covid front line have kept our country going through this pandemic". "The government must do what's right next week and announce the wage rise all staff have more than earned".

"This is just not on. Especially when the same public-service workers are still trying to keep us safe from the virus".

Prospect general secretary Mike Clancy said a further pay freeze would be "seen as an insult and have a devastating impact".

"The government needs to rethink". "If they want fairness across the economy they should heed our call for an independent pay-review body and stop public-sector pay being a political football". "Freezing pay will leave people anxious about making ends meet - that means they'll cut back on spending and the economy will take longer to recover".