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Public sector ‘wage pain’ will continue despite reports of a pay rise, warns Unite

A reported public sector pay rise is a ‘last gasp’ attempt to by a failed government to ‘curry favour’ with an austerity hit workforce, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Unite said today (Friday 19 July).

Responding to reports in today’s Times newspaper, Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “Millions of hard working public servants will not be fooled by this last gasp attempt by a failed government and a failed prime minister to curry favour with an austerity hit workforce that has had to deliver essential services against the backdrop of savage cuts.

“Read the small print and there is no new money from the government for these below inflation pay rises which exclude nearly two thirds of public sector workers, including health and those in local government, who have endured years of pay freezes and real terms pay cuts.

“This public sector pay rise will not ease the wage pain of hard up workers and with no additional funding will squeeze services further.

“If Theresa May was serious about recognising the invaluable contribution the country’s public servants make to the lives of millions each day then she would have offered a properly funded pay rise which tackled the pay misery of the last nine years of a Tory government.”

For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 

Notes to editors

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.


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