Public sector workers deserve a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work

As part of the PCS campaign to break the 1% public sector pay cap, Lindsey Jones, chair of PCS North Wales North West Revenue and Customs Branch, says that people can see that depriving public servants of a decent pay rise for 7 years is not only unfair, it is counterproductive.

Public sectors workers are the back bone of any society and should be recognised as such. They should be paid a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work. 

When is this government going to realise that imposing the 1% pay cap on public sector workers is not going to save them any money? Public sector workers are tired of being the scapegoats for the crisis that this government is perpetuating with their unpopular policies on austerity. The government should be investing in its public services not imposing budgets that are causing job losses and threatening the frontline services the public needs.  Austerity hasn’t worked and cuts have seriously damaged our public services. 

Cap unfair and counterproductive

The gold-plated pensions that are referred to in the media don’t exist for the vast majority of public sector workers and thanks to the government changing the law the final salary pension scheme is no longer available either.  Just bear in mind that the final salary pension scheme was brought in and agreed by Margaret Thatcher in recognition of the fact that public sector wages are not as good as private sector.

People can see that depriving public servants of a decent pay rise for 7 years is not only unfair, it is counterproductive. They want to return to a time when public services were available in their community when they or their families and friends needed them. They are prepared to pay for decent services but, importantly, they recognise the money is already there but being shared among those who already have it.

This is why I took part in the protest on 31 July.  It’s time to show this government that their policies are having a direct effect on the people that work for them and that there are much better ways to save money if they would only listen.

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