public sector pay
Keir Starmer quipped that the disgraced adviser's salary increase could not have been "performance-related".
The chancellor has frozen pay below inflation for more than a million public sector workers.
The pay rises announced this week are a significant improvement - but they do not go far enough, and are not the end of the story
But Labour slam 'huge losses in income' under Tories.
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Care workers, teaching assistants, hospital porters and all of us who rely on them are still picking up the pieces
Today Philip Hammond delivered his second budget as Chancellor. The last one was uninspiring, unraveled quickly and showed
The Chancellor must use his Autumn Budget to answer these questions. He must ensure that NHS workers get the real terms pay rise that they deserve, and he must identify additional funding to pay for it. The Government can afford to scrap the public sector pay cap, and - given the growing workforce crisis in the NHS and their perilous political position - they can't afford not to.
Our ballot result is a damning indictment of government pay policy. If the government continues to refuse to listen and refuses to end the pay cap, our members have made it absolutely clear that they are willing to take industrial action to end a pay policy opposed by the majority of the public. Theresa May and Philip Hammond have a clear choice - they can listen to their own staff and end the pay cap or ignore them at their peril.
Today, the National Education Union and other unions representing school leaders and classroom teachers have put our pay claim to Secretary of State Justine Greening. We want teachers' pay restored to where it was before 2010, when the Conservatives first started this short-sighted policy of pay restraint. And we are seeking an up-front increase of 5%, as a starting point to show that the Government has genuinely accepted our case.