More than a million NHS staff and others working in the public sector are facing a real terms pay cut after Gordon Brown accepted pay review body recommendations that awards be kept within the government’s two percent inflation target.
Peter Allensen, national officer of the TGWU union, said, “With the retail price index at over 4 percent and the real cost of living higher than that, to limit pay rises to below two percent amounts to a slap in the face for public sector workers.
“Our members are being hit by a double whammy of below real inflation pay rises plus an increasing workload as the change agenda is rushed through with job cuts, increased pressure, poor consultation and falling morale.
According to a poll commissioned by the Royal College of Nursing, nearly two-thirds of nurses would be willing to take industrial action if they receive an unsatisfactory pay deal this year.
The derisory pay offer is yet another reason why health workers should join the marches and protests on the TUC’s day of action for the health service this Saturday.