It's not just police officers who deserve betterby Frances O'Grady / September 11, 2017 / Leave a comment
Nurses, fire-fighters, midwives and many other hardworking public sector servants have sent the prime minister a powerful message this week. The annual Trade Union Congress has voted to demand an end to seven long years of Conservative-led governments holding down their pay.
Britain’s five million public servants have each lost on average £3,000 from the value of their annual pay since 2010. The public sector pay cap has pushed some nurses into food banks to get by.
This week, rumours abound that ministers are set to announce an end to the 1 per cent cap on pay rises. But only for police and prison officers. It may not yet be the end of the policy, but it could be the beginning of the end.
Trade unions will not accept cherry-picking. Police and prison officers deserve a proper pay rise, but so do nurses, teachers, midwives, and all the backroom staff who make their jobs possible. Every public sector worker is long overdue a proper pay rise.
The cracks are appearing because the government has utterly lost the argument. The public think the pay restrictions are unfair, and the government knows it. Theresa May’s MPs heard it again and again on the doorstep during the election, and it helped lose the PM her majority.