Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has joined a growing chorus of people demanding the Government abandon its unfair pay policy towards public sector workers.
The crisis in our public services is a crisis made by the Conservative Party; our pay review bodies have been operating under the constraint of a 1 per cent cap for seven years. On top of that inflation has risen again, this time to 2.9% with the Government’s announced derisory offer to some public sector workers not even coming close to meeting this.
Rather than announcing a raise for undervalued and underpaid staff, the Government has announced further cuts in pay for police and prison staff. To make matters worse the funding for these derisory increases will come from existing budgets, which means further cuts to frontline staff.
Currently, midwives, teachers and social workers will see their real pay, which accounts for the impact of inflation, drop by more than £3,000 by 2020 if the government sticks to plans to limit salary increases to 1% a year.
Labour will end the pay cap and hand power back to the independent Pay Review Bodies, which have to make their recommendations based on the parameters which the Government sets them i.e. currently that only a 1% increase will be funded
Andrew Gwynne said:
“For seven years public sector workers have seen deep cuts to their pay. It is a disgrace that one in five NHS staff are forced to take a second job simply to get by.
“How can it be that, in the fifth richest nation on earth, public sector workers across Denton and Reddish are forced to rely on emergency foodbanks?
“With public sector pay falling faster than private pay and with another increase in the rate of inflation, Labour will scrap the 1% pay cap for all public sector workers.”