Magazine article Public Finance

Unions Condemn 'War on Public Servants'

Magazine article Public Finance

Unions Condemn 'War on Public Servants'

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Unions have said that the two-year public sector pay freeze and review of senior salaries amount to a 'war* on public servants.

Chancellor George Osborne announced the freeze in the Budget. It will apply to all public sector workers earning more than £21,000 a year. Employees earning less than this will receive a £250 flat-rate increase in each year.

Osborne also confirmed that the economist Will Hutton will lead a pay review to ensure that the top salaries in public organisations are no more than 20 times higher than the lowest.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, reacted angrily to the announcement. 'This Budget signals that the battle for Britain's public services has begun, with the government declaring war/ he said. 'Public sector workers will be shocked and angry that they are the innocent victims of job cuts and pay freezes.'

A spokesman for the Public & Commercial Services union told Public Finance it was an 'attack on public sector workers'. He added it was 'incorrect to call this a pay freeze - taking into account the benefits cuts and inflation, this is a real-terms pay cut'. …

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