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Selective handouts won't wash with UK's 5 million public sector workers

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19 Jul 2019
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GMB Union says today’s announcement of selective handouts won’t wash with the country's million public sector pay workers.

The Government is reportedly preparing to announce a pay rise for a of minority public sector after almost a decade of real terms pay cuts. With RPI inflation standing at 2.9%, most of the reported increases will amount to another real terms pay cut.

Not only is this a pitiful pay rise, but it’s an insult to the millions of public sector workers it ignores. These are the people whole look after us, help our children learn, and keep our towns and cities running.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary

The reported policy, which Ministers admit will not funded by new money, gives nothing to millions of school support staff, most civil servants, and those working in local government.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said:

“Not only is this a pitiful pay rise, but it’s an insult to the millions of public sector workers it ignores.

“These are the people whole look after us, help our children learn, and keep our towns and cities running.

“All of England’s five million public sector workers deserve a proper pay rise after almost a decade of real terms pay cuts – not just a select few.

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“We’ve been here before – a big announcement about the end of austerity, and then when you get underneath it all it’s just smoke and mirrors.

 “It’s why GMB launched our Go Public campaign. We’re sick and tired of Tory politicians lining up to say they support public sector workers when they’re trying to win a few votes, 

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