PCS slams chancellor for public sector pay freeze announcement

25 Nov 2020

Rishi Sunak gave his spending review in parliament, detailing how the government planned to deal with the ongoing economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

He warned that unemployment officially could rise to 2.6 million by the middle of next year and that the government would borrow £394 billion to help deal with the economic fallout from Covid-19. 

NHS staff will get a pay rise but there was little joy for civil servants and other public sector workers within the review. 

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: "Civil servants and other public sector staff will feel a deep sense of betrayal at today's pay freeze.

"Despite keeping the country running during the Covid crisis, supplying Universal Credit and helping businesses access the furlough scheme, the chancellor has justified a pay freeze by pointing to lower wages in the private sector.

"The answer is to raise wages across the board to increase spending power in the economy, to aid our recovery not pit public and private sector workers against one another, like crabs in a barrel.

"Today's announcement has intensified long-standing anger at a decade of pay restraint and increased the likelihood of industrial unrest in the public sector."

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