Inflation rises but ministers press ahead with 'cruel' public sector pay freeze

19 May 2021
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GMB, the union for keyworkers, has responded to this morning’s inflation figures. 

According to the ONS, the twelve month RPI inflation rate rose from 1.5 per cent to 2.9 percent between March and April, while the CPI rate more than doubled from 0.7 per cent to 1.5 per cent.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said: 

"The cost of living is now rising at pace again, yet Ministers are pressing ahead with their cruel pay freeze policy for millions of public sector workers. 

“If wages continue to fall behind inflation then recruitment and retention challenges will become unmanageable and the delivery of vital public services will be put at risk. 

“We need a high-wage economy in which work is fairly paid, not more real terms cuts that fall hardest on some of the workers who have borne the heaviest burden during the pandemic.” 


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