More strike hell could grip the UK as two million public sector workers face pay rises below inflation

Two million public sector workers today face a real pay cut as ministers try to rein in inflation which unions say will lead to strikes and resignations.

Whitehall sources said pay review bodies covering doctors, nurses, soldiers, police and a range of other professions will recommend settlements of three to five per cent.

But that’s far less than the 16 per cent that nurses are demanding, the Royal College of Nursing has said, and less than the above inflation hike that the UK’s biggest union, UNISON, has also said. that his workers wanted.

Today, Nadhim Zahawi, the Chancellor, will argue today to stop pay rises to stop pushing demand further which will further increase the cost of living.

The proposed regulations are well below the expected level of inflation, which is expected to peak at 11% this fall.

The plans put ministers on a collision course with major public sector unions, who have warned of an autumn of industrial action.

Public sector workers and members of Unison gather outside the Houses of Parliament in central London in 2014

Only newly qualified teachers are set to get a bigger raise under the Tory manifesto which plans to raise starting salaries to £30,000 by the next election.

A Whitehall source acknowledged that pay deals would be difficult for many, but said it was essential the government got inflation under control.

“Pay review bodies are independent, but they have to consider what is affordable,” the source said.

“You will see that most settlements arrive between three and five percent. It’s going to be hard for people. But we have to manage things responsibly, and the alternative – letting inflation spiral out of control – is even more damaging to people’s incomes in the long run.

The plans put ministers on a collision course with major public sector unions, who have warned of an autumn of industrial action

The plans put ministers on a collision course with major public sector unions, who have warned of an autumn of industrial action

Today’s pay reviews will cover doctors and dentists, nurses, teachers, prison officers, members of the armed forces, judges and senior civil servants.

Nadhim Zahawi, the chancellor, will argue for wage moderation today, the Telegraph said.

The newspaper said Mr Zahawi will say: ‘This means ensuring sound public finances to avoid driving up demand further, helping households cope with the worst price rises in more than a generation.’

“And, where we can, by easing supply constraints that are the underlying cause of high inflation. The country must be convinced that we can, and we will, bring inflation under control”.

But Pat Cullen, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, which is aiming for a 16% increase, said nurses would ‘consider industrial action if ministers do not move’, according to the Daily Mail.

She said: “There are tens of thousands of vacancies for nursing and unfair treatment will drive more out of the profession.”

Separately, a three-day strike due to start tomorrow by Royal Mail executives belonging to the Unite union has been called off. The 2,400 members of the Royal Mail union accepted the proposals on jobs, wages and conditions in a vote nearly two to one. However, Unite said the dispute is not over.

Whitehall sources said pay review bodies covering doctors, nurses, soldiers, police and a range of other professions will recommend settlements of three to five per cent.

Whitehall sources said pay review bodies covering doctors, nurses, soldiers, police and a range of other professions will recommend settlements of three to five per cent.

The UK’s largest union with over 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, NHS, policing and energy has also hinted it could mean that staff would leave their jobs.

Sara Gorton, UNISON Health Officer and Chair of the NHS Group of Unions, said: “Health workers struggling to pay their bills have been waiting months for the raise they should have received in the spring.

“There is clear public support for an above inflation pay rise across the NHS. People say they would also be behind NHS staff if they went on strike if a decent raise was not forthcoming. Ministers must act now rather than fall into a dispute that no one wants to see.

“The government must find the money or risk worsening the current staffing crisis and lengthening testing and treatment times for patients.”

Deputy Director of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Secretary of the NHS Group of Unions, Elaine Sparkes, said: ‘The NHS is experiencing a workforce crisis, and it is unthinkable that the government is planning to make the situation worse. situation by raising wages well below inflation.

“It would cause more staff to leave and put ever-increasing pressure on those who remain, while increasing wait times for patients.

“The government must step up with an above-inflation pay rise that helps recruit, and more importantly retain, the workforce that patients desperately need.”

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