Union anger over inadequate pay offers


Public service trade unions have reacted angrily to a series of pay offers that they argue fail to compensate workers for inflation or for the massive efforts made to maintain services during the pandemic. The 3% pay offer for health workers has been widely condemned and unions are consulting with members about what action to take. The unions point out that the pay rise is too low to have any impact on the serious staff shortages that persist across the health sector. Meanwhile local government employers have made a small increase to their pay offer, but this still means only a 1.75% increase for most workers (2.75% for the lowest paid) in contrast to the 10% pay claim submitted by unions. Unions representing police staff are also angry that their members are facing a pay freeze.

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