A pay freeze is a complete insult to millions of workers who have put themselves in danger by dedicating their whole year to keeping us safe.
On Friday we learnt the Chancellor Rishi Sunak is poised to kick workers while they’re down with another pay freeze for public sector workers in England.
While ministers have dolled out billions in coronavirus contracts for their business chums, workers have been on the frontline of the pandemic. Risking their lives each day, without complaint
It is a complete insult to millions of workers who have put themselves in danger by dedicating their whole year to keeping us safe.
It is totally unacceptable. We will not stand by and let them get away with it.
Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said:
“A new pay freeze would be an outrageous attack on some of the workers who sacrificed the most during the Covid pandemic.
“Eight months ago, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak promised to put their ‘arms around every single worker’ – now they are coming for the wages of teaching assistants who earn under £14,000 a year, and are already finding it difficult to make ends meet.
“The politics of pay austerity has already been rejected by the electorate once before. Public sector workers are already underpaid and exhausted, and recruitment and retention problems will inevitably be made worse by a pay freeze.
“GMB will not rest in campaigning for pay justice for all public service workers.”
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Posted: 23rd November 2020