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Pay Fair: Why regional pay doesn't add up

We all want to see fair pay for the nurses, teachers and others who work hard to deliver good public services.

But on top of pay freezes, the government now wants to change the way pay is set in the public sector.

Instead of a fair, transparent national system, they want local or regional pay that would mean different rates for people doing exactly the same jobs, just because of where they live.

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It is 2017 and public sector workers are over half-way through a decade of government-imposed pay restraint. The five million people delivering our public services, from job centres to hospitals, schools to local councils, have seen six years of pay freezes and pay caps that means many public sector workers...
23 March 2017
For the second time this year, as many as 400,000 health workers in England will take strike action for four hours from 7am today* (Monday) in protest at the government’s refusal to grant them a pay rise.
24 November 2014
The anger about unfair pay across the public sector was on display for everyone to see on July 10 when local government workers across the country held a one-day strike, with unions involved in other long running industrial campaigns also taking action. A large, colourful demonstration was held in Birmingham...
18 July 2014
Commenting on the strike today (Thursday) by public sector workers TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Today’s well supported action shows just how angry public servants are at plans to lock them out of sharing in the recovery until at least 2018. Nearly half a million local government workers are...
10 July 2014
In a message to workers across the public sector on strike to defend pay and pensions today (Thursday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Across the public sector workers are on strike today to say enough is enough. Year after year pay has failed to keep up with the cost...
10 July 2014
Since the government took office, ministers have either frozen public sector pay or limited pay increases to well below the cost of living, leaving local government workers, NHS staff, teachers, firefighters, civil servants and other public servants on average £2,245 worse off in real terms, says the TUC today (Wednesday).
09 July 2014
Join us for a march and rally at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on 28 September 2014, to help call for an economic recovery that works for all Britons, not just those right at the top. Midlands Needs A Payrise!
08 July 2014
The economy might be growing again, but across the UK real wages are still falling. In the public sector workers across local government, the NHS and the civil service don’t feel they’re about to share in the recovery any time soon, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady will tell delegates attending...
02 July 2014
Commenting on today’s public sector pay announcements, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, said: “It is ‘national destroy public sector morale day’ today as the government announces a further cut in the living standards of public sector workers, despite the economic recovery. “NHS staff have been singled out for particularly harsh...
13 March 2014
Commenting on figures published today (Monday) by the Office for National Statistics on the differences between public and private sector pay, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
10 March 2014