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Responding to reports that the government is planning to put £2bn into public sector pay, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“After years of pay cuts, every public sector worker deserves a proper pay rise.

“But this mustn’t come from existing budgets. Public services are at breaking point. They don’t have spare cash lying around.

“Our public services need extra funding to deliver real pay increases for hard-working public servants. This can’t be another case of robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

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