Public Sector Pay

Does 'Good' Work Pay?

Dave Clements | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

Those on the receiving end need to organise and fight - with a bit of solidarity from the rest of us - for a much better deal, whether that's more pay or better conditions.

Public Sector Pay Could Rise - If Ministers Find 'Savings'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Politics

The 1% public sector pay cap could be lifted for some workers – but only if ministers find the money from “efficiency savings” in their budgets....

Why This Daily Mail Headline On Public Sector Pay Is Far From The Full Truth

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK

The Daily Mail on Thursday used data on public sector pay to deride Jeremy Corbyn’s vow to challenge inequality as “Marxist fantasy” which faile...

We're In The Middle Of A Teaching Crisis - Not Raising Pay Is Missing An Opportunity

Kevin Courtney | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Politics
Kevin Courtney

Theresa May needs to understand that the cap on public sector pay is unacceptable and unsustainable. The fact that teachers pay has either gone up by a pitiful £2.30 in secondary schools or actually decreased by £12.70 in primary schools in cash terms over the past 6 years is shocking. Measured against inflation these figures are even worse.

Fury As Teachers Face Another Real-Terms Pay Cut And Austerity Continues

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK

Teachers’ pay will remain capped at 1%, the Department for Education has announced, as the Government sticks to its public sector wage restraint. In...

Paying Just To Survive: What Life Is Like For Public Workers Under The Pay Cap

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK

Theresa May’s government is under increasing pressure to scrap a one percent cap on public sector, in place since 2010. On Wednesday Jeremy Corbyn a...

Today, On The NHS's 69th Birthday, I Urge The Government To Reverse Cuts And Pay Staff A Salary They Deserve

David Bailey | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics
David Bailey

The government's deliberate defunding of the NHS is running down our health service, and it is crushing the morale of its staff in the process. Things need to change and they need to change quickly. Today, on the 69th birthday of the NHS I make a desperate appeal to this Government, on behalf of our treasured health service and its patients, that they reverse the cuts planned for the NHS, and pay NHS staff who dedicate their lives to caring for its patients a salary we deserve. Our NHS is built on the values of care and compassion, I urge the Government to remember that.

David Cameron: Critics Of My 1% Pay Cap Are 'Selfish'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics

David Cameron has sparked an angry backlash from Labour after declaring that critics of austerity are “selfish”. In a rare return to the political...

Chancellor Blames Brexit For Public Sector Pay Squeeze

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Politics

Chancellor Philip Hammond has suggested Brexit is to blame for the public sector pay squeeze rather than Tory policy. In a jibe at fellow ministers Bo...

Tories Accused Of 'Divide And Rule' Tactics On 1% Pay Cap

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Politics

Ministers have been accused of using “divide and rule” tactics on public sector pay as it emerged that NHS staff and the armed forces won’t get ...

5 Everyday Heroes Hit By The Tory Public Sector Pay Cap

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK

The defeat of Labour’s attempt to end the pay freeze on public sector workers was met with cheers from some Tories, as the Government achieved its f...

Tories Branded 'Despicable' After Cheering Public Sector Pay Cap Vote

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK

Conservative MPs who cheered after successfully blocking Labour’s attempt to abolish the public sector pay cap have been branded “despicable”, ...

Labour Is Forcing A Commons Vote To End Health Workers' Misery

Jon Ashworth | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

The Government has created a workforce crisis in the NHS which is causing financial chaos for hospitals and causing misery for patients. We are 10,000 GPs, 3,500 midwives and now 40,000 nurses short of the number we need. Nurses are being forced to use foodbanks to make ends meet and NHS Providers say that staff are quitting the NHS to stack shelves instead. The Health Secretary says he has sympathy for underpaid health staff but sympathy won't put food on the table.

The Queen Has Been Given An 8% 'Pay Rise' And People Aren't Happy

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK

The Queen’s income from public funds is set to rise by 8%, to help fund the renovation of Buckingham Palace. This is to the frustration of many, who...

Tory Voters Want Public Sector Pay Freeze To End - New Poll

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May is facing fresh pressure to end the public sector pay freeze after a new poll found an overwhelming number of floating Tory voters back La...

Corbyn Ally: Pay MPs' Expenses Automatically

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Politics

A senior ally of Jeremy Corbyn has called for a new flat-rate allowance for all MPs and the scrapping of the independent system set up in the wake of ...

'Miserly' Public Sector Pay Rise Compares Pretty Unfavourably With That Of MPs

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK

The Government has had its offer of a one per cent pay increase for thousands of public sector workers derided as "miserly", as unfavourable compariso...

Instead of Investing in the NHS, Jeremy Hunt Thinks He Can Offer Patients More By Offering Workers Less

Dave Prentis | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

The government keeps saying that any change to a seven-day NHS should be 'cost neutral'. But if Jeremy Hunt wants more services to run over seven days, with more staff working unsocial hours, the only way this can happen is to cut unsocial hours payments for existing staff. Junior doctors clearly don't feel terribly 'neutral' about this, nor I suspect will other NHS staff.

Instead of Investing in the NHS, Jeremy Hunt Thinks He Can Offer Patients More By Offering Workers Less

Dave Prentis | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

The government keeps saying that any change to a seven-day NHS should be 'cost neutral'. But if Jeremy Hunt wants more services to run over seven days, with more staff working unsocial hours, the only way this can happen is to cut unsocial hours payments for existing staff. Junior doctors clearly don't feel terribly 'neutral' about this, nor I suspect will other NHS staff.

Loco Parentis - Teachers Doing More Than 1% Extra

Jess Phillips | Posted 17.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

All the teachers my kids have had have given more than 1% extra. My eldest son's teacher has calmly held my son's hand at lunchtime as he struggled to find his place in the jungle of relationships. She has shown him love when he was scared and helped our family get to grips with some of his difficulties. My kids' teachers have fought for them as I would have.

Labour Must Stand Up for Workers and Make the Case for a Decent Public Sector Pay Rise

Liz Kendall | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Politics
Liz Kendall

It is time for Labour to stand up for the millions of people in our vital public services who have endured year after year of severe wage restraint and often felt they did not have an effective voice in parliament to fight their corner. It is not just a basic sense of fairness that should lead us to commit to finding savings so we can pay nurses, teachers and other public sector workers more. Rewarding and incentivising our public servants is also essential if they are to be effective partners in the drive to make sure services can change to meet the demands that will be placed on them in the years ahead.

Plans to Shackle Industrial Action Have a More Sinister Purpose

Nigel Stanley | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nigel Stanley

So now we know what the Conservative manifesto will say about industrial action. This goes far further than anything Mrs Thatcher did in limiting the right to strike. Such a turn out threshold is very rarely met by ballots involving more than a small workforce. It adds up to an effective end to the right to strike for many groups of workers - normally the kind of measure that we associate with dictatorships, not democracies.

Hard Work Doesn't Pay

Steve Turner | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics
Steve Turner

Conservative crowing on unemployment figures makes me sick. What sort of warped world is it where millions living on poverty pay, trapped in insecure work, is hailed as an economic miracle?This weekend, when Labour gathers to discuss the party's offer to our nations' peoples, top of its list must be the creation of decent jobs paying living wages. Britain's place in tomorrow's world will not be secured by offering our debt-saddled, degree-educated kids shelf-stacking or sandwich making. Economic prosperity for all has a better chance of flourishing if the economy is rebalanced.

One Million Public Sector Workers To Walk Out

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

The Government will today be hit by the biggest strike over pay since it came to power when over a million public sector workers will walk out in bitt...

Even Conservatives Voters Back Public Sector Strike

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

Most members of the public back the right to strike and believe the government is unfairly targeting public sector workers, according to a new poll. A...