Hard working public sector workers are effectively taking a pay cut as prices are currently rising twice as fast as earnings; this has led to many calling the 1% cap imposed by the Government as a real terms pay cut.
Andrew Gwynne has joined calls by the GMB Union to end the public sector pay squeeze as they launch a new campaign which demands the Government reverse its decision on pay which has failed millions of NHS staff, teachers, police officers and members of the armed forces.
In their 2010 manifesto the Conservative Party pledged that public sector wages would only be frozen for one year1 – seven years on and our vital public servants are still being chronically underpaid. Since 2010 pay in the private sector has broadly risen five times faster than in the NHS since 2010, compared to our health service which face recruitment shortfalls with up to 10% of nursing places unfilled. 2
The Government’s flawed austerity project has already taken £8 billion out of the economy in lost earnings 3, holding back growth and unfairly penalising those areas of the country with higher rates of public sector employment.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“The shoddy treatment of public sector staff has been exemplified over the winter as we witness first hand our hardworking NHS staff struggle to cope in the face of continued Government cuts.
“Sadly our public servants are used to a Government which ignores them, and has kept on ignoring them over the years of manufactured Tory austerity.
“I hope that the Chancellor will announce changes in March’s budget to give our public servants the fair pay deal they deserve.”