Public sector workers £2,000 a year worse off since government took office

Commenting on figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which show that pay growth in the public sector has fallen to 0.1 per cent, a 3.8 per cent real terms pay cut since last year, TUC General  Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Millions of public sector workers who did nothing to cause the recession are still being made to suffer through job losses and reduced pay packets.

“Pay growth in the public sector has slowed to a standstill, with workers now £2,000 a year worse off in real terms since the government took office. Not only are workers having to contend with job insecurity and real wage cuts, many are also facing cuts in other basic benefits like overtime pay and annual leave.

“These painful pay losses are not only hurting hard-working staff and their families, they are also sucking billions of pounds out of local economies.

“Britain needs a pay rise to end the longest wage squeeze in over a century – and public sector workers should get their fair share too.”