Issue date
24 Jul 2018
The TUC responds to the government's new announcements on public sector pay.

Commenting on government announcements today (Tuesday) on pay settlements for public sector workers, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“These pay settlements are a long way from good enough. Many public sector workers will still get pay settlements that are less than inflation, so the pay misery will continue. And it’s not clear if all the rises will be properly funded by the Treasury or will instead come from raiding budgets for frontline services.

“The government must stop ignoring the recommendations of the independent pay review bodies. Every public sector worker deserves a proper above-inflation pay rise. And all pay rises must be fully funded without raiding departmental budgets. Otherwise it will only damage frontline services and put staff under greater stress.”

Editors note

- Treasury pay remit guidance requires central government departments to offer average pay increases of no more than 1.5 per cent this year, meaning that thousands of civil servants will who fall outside of the Pay Review Bodies, will continue to receive pay awards capped at around 1 per cent. This includes tax inspectors, job centre plus staff, border guards, driving test examiners, Whitehall civil servants, museum staff and school inspectors (these are examples rather than a full list).
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