Unite, which represents workers throughout the public sector, has reacted angrily to briefings that the government is considering introducing regional pay and linking performance and productivity pay as part of future public sector pay increases.

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “The government’s mask has once again slipped. Rather than ending austerity, it appears to be preparing to launch another broadside against public sector workers.

“Public sector workers are increasingly struggling to make ends meet as pay increases still lag far behind inflation and are failing to meet rising living costs.

“As well as being blatantly unfair, regional pay ignores the reality of the real challenge to recruit and retain staff. Workers must be paid the rate for the job regardless of where they work.

“Furthermore, performance-related pay has also been thoroughly discredited for creating major problems in sectors such as banking. Its introduction to the public sector would only make a bad situation worse.”

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

  • Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.