Source: Labour List UK
Concerns are mounting over a potential public sector pay freeze as part of the government response to the coronavirus economic crisis set to be presented in the Chancellor’s spending review on Wednesday.
Tight-wing think tank Centre for Policy Studies has argued in newly published research that a three-year pay freeze could save £23bn. Trade union Unite has slammed the suggestion as “insulting” to public sector workers.
Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail highlighted the sacrifice made by public sector employees throughout the pandemic, saying that they have “kept the NHS running, the schools open and refuse being collected”.
She said: “These are the very same workers who have had their pay held down in real terms during a decade of Tory austerity. It should not be forgotten that more than an estimated 600 NHS and social care workers, often on low pay, have died from causes linked to Covid-19.”
The CPS think thank report argues that private sector workers have suffered far more than those in the public sector, with businesses cutting hours, wages and jobs, and that a 1% pay rise cap could save the government £11.6bn.