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 treatment, at a time when they are already facing a funding crisis, staff cuts, privatisation and top-down restructuring.
“With public service workers due to pay higher pension contributions, many will see almost no difference in their take home pay despite facing higher bills.
“Ministers’ message to Britain’s young people is that they should not seek a career in health, education or other public services if they want a decent standard of living or to work for an employer who values them.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- The TUC is organising Fair Pay Fortnight from Monday 24 March to Sunday 6 April. It will be a series of events across England and Wales to raise awareness about falling living standards. www.fairpayfortnight.org
- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk
- Follow the TUC on Twitter: @tucnews
Liz Chinchen T: 020 7467 1248 M: 07778 158175 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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