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BY RYAN FLETCHER


‘Hand to mouth’ – Debbie Wilkinson and 5.5m public sector workers finding pay cap tough


Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said without prompt government action there will be “widespread revolt”.


She said, “Overworked NHS staff are at a tipping point, many are unable to support themselves on their hard-earned wages.


“The Tories are driving the health service over the brink and if they do not provide a pay rise that allows staff to get on with bringing the NHS back to health there is going to be widespread revolt.”


Unite national officer for local authorities Jim Kennedy said feelings were running


just as high in that sector. He said, “Local Authority workers deserve fair and decent pay and they deserve respect for the services they deliver. It’s time for the government to recognise this and properly fund a pay rise that remedies the 21 per cent cut in pay workers have experienced since 2010.”


In response to the Tories’ pay attacks public sector trade unions, including Unite, are taking action. While the specifics of their pay claims vary, they stand together behind demands to end pay restraint for all public sector workers and for pay rises to be funded with a fresh injection of money – not from current budgets already under severe strain from years of austerity.


In a sign of the seriousness of the situation, unions have indicated coordinated industrial action could be on the cards if the government continues to inflict pay misery on the public sector.


Labour has condemned the Tories’ “divide and rule” tactics of offering some public sector workers wage increases and leaving others out in the cold. Jeremy Corbyn said a Labour government would “end the public sector pay cap and give all workers the pay rise they deserve and so desperately need”.


“ 21 uniteWORKS Autumn 2017


I simply don’t know how long I will be able to keep my head above water. This government does not value me as a healthcare professional or indeed value any input I have into saving people’s lives


Debbie Wilkinson Unite rep and paramedic





Mark Harvey


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