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Action Needed On Public Sector Pay As Inflation Rises

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

 

Public sector pay cap 'completely untenable' as cost of living increases.

GMB has called on the Prime Minister to end the public sector pay cap as inflation figures show that the cost of living in increasing much faster than wages.

Public sector workers were already facing an average of £3,300 pinched from their pockets each year as the Governments’ 1% pay cap means a real terms decrease in pay for thousands of frontline workers.

Today's figures show inflation is now running at 2.7%.[1]

The more inflation increases, the harder it becomes for those on low and middle incomes to pay the bills.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:

"The public sector pay cap has to end. It's completely untenable.

"The Prime Minister keeps paying lip service to helping working people, well there's an easy way to do it.

"Pay public sector workers what they're worth.

“These figures mean the wages of hospital cleaners, teaching assistants and care workers aren't going up as quick as the cost of living.

"Simply put, it's harder for ordinary people to make ends meet.

"If the Conservative Party truly values the people who look after us when we're sick, those who help teach our kids and keep our local services running, they can very easily show it.

"Labour have committed to ending the public sector pay cap - will the Tory Party give the same guarantee?"

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors

[1] https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices

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