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I am proud to support Unison’s “Pay Up Now” campaign, opposing the ongoing cap on public sector pay.

Nurses, care workers, police officers, teachers and other hard working public sector employees had their pay frozen for 2 years and then rises capped at 1% for the last 5 years.

While the cost of living rose by 22% between 2010 and 2016 average public sector pay has risen by just 4.4%.

When you compare with the private sector, their pay have risen by an average of 2.5% a year since 2011.

This is no way to treat hardworking people who play such a vital role in looking after us and holding our communities together. Key services are starting to see staff shortages as workers are forced to move on if they want to meet the cost of living. We’re losing skills, and failing those who choose to stay on in these important professions.

There will be a full budget this autumn. The Government need to change their position, support our services and end this unfair pay cap.

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