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Blair gives top civil servants £100,000 pay rise

Issue No. 1783

TONY BLAIR wants an elite of 3,000 top civil servants to double their pay to £180,000. But he is fighting hard to keep rail workers and postal workers on poverty pay. He has denounced the rail workers' strikes for decent pay. The Post Office, run by the government, has offered a rise of 2 percent, 70p a day, to 150,000 Royal Mail workers.

Blair says he wants 'to reward sustained performance and the delivery of results'. He doesn't mean rewarding the train guard, the cleaner or the person who delivers your post. 'I earn £221 a week before tax, £184 after tax,' says Helen Rogers, a civil servant in the Benefits Agency in Manchester. 'It makes me furious when I hear about the pay rises for the people at the top.' Paul Wotton, a Post Office union secretary, says:

'The basic pay for a delivery postal worker is £250 a week before tax and stoppages. Then there's £11 a week extra if you start work at 4am-great! This is incredibly low pay for a very hard job, working six days a week. That is why there is a strike ballot now over pay.'

The rail, post and other strikes deserve your support.

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Sat 19 Jan 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1783
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