Source: Labour List UK
The public sector pay freeze expected in the Chancellor’s upcoming spending review has been described by Labour as “irresponsible” and by trade unions as a “kick in the teeth” and a “cruel blow” to workers.
Rishi Sunak is reportedly considering the imposition of a pay freeze for millions of public sector workers in England next year following a huge increase in public spending during the coronavirus crisis.
The 5.5 million affected would include key workers, such as police officers, teachers and civil servants, who were applauded weekly in the early stages of the pandemic and have risked their lives on the frontline.
The Treasury in July confirmed that the government would look to “exercise restraint in future public sector pay awards” in order to ensure that “public sector pay levels retain parity with the private sector”.
Commenting on fresh reports that this will involve a public sector pay freeze exempting NHS workers, Anneliese Dodds said: “Workers on the Covid front line have kept our country going through this pandemic. Thousands of them have lost their lives in the process.