Ministers told to end ‘Scrooge-like’ public-sector pay cap
EMERGENCY workers giving up their Christmas holidays to keep us safe have had their pay slashed by up to £3,300 over the last five years, TUC figures published today reveal.
The stats show ministers must end their “Scrooge-like public-sector pay cap,” the TUC said.
Almost one million people will be at work in Britain on Christmas Day, according to TUC estimates.
The shocking TUC report shows that nurses’ pay has fallen by £2,600 in real terms since 2011 with midwives losing a staggering £3,300 over the same period.
It revealed that ambulance drivers have been subject to a £2,200 pay cut and those working in the fire service have seen their pay drop by £3,200.
The news came as Labour slammed “Tory failure on tax avoidance” for leaving a £2.3 billion black hole, which could fund public-sector pay rises or pay for 12,000 nurses every year for five years.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell condemned the government for “failing to provide a single penny of extra investment for social care and the NHS” during the worst funding squeeze in its history.
Fire Brigades Union national officer Dave Green said: “It is abhorrent that firefighters, who risk their lives daily to keep the public safe, are being made to suffer in this way … the issue of declining firefighter pay needs to be urgently addressed.”
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis praised emergency workers for putting their lives on hold so others can enjoy the festive season.
“Yet they continue to be paid well below their worth by a government that sees the cost of everything and the value of nothing,” he said.
“A decent pay rise this year would be a great Christmas present for selfless staff who ministers have taken for granted for far too long.”
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Ministers should show some seasonal goodwill and end the real-terms pay cuts.
“The government’s Scrooge-like public-sector pay cap has to go, to ensure that wages at least keep up with prices.”