For seven years, public sector workers have not had a pay rise. The cumulative effect since 2010 is that many public sector workers are tens of thousands of pounds worse off. The pay cap means a huge shift of resources away from working people in the public sector.
Since 2010, public sector workers either got no increase at all or saw their pay rise by just 1%. Meanwhile prices have gone up by around 20% since 2010. Had wages risen in line with RPI inflation since 2010, pay levels this year would be nearly £2,000 higher for a hospital porter; £2,500 higher for teaching assistants, library assistants and refuse collectors; £3,700 higher for social workers; and over £4,000 higher for nurses.
We need to get rid of the pay cap and we need to ensure that public sector employers have the funding they need to give all staff a pay rise and to begin to restore what staff have lost during this decade of austerity.
This is an important time to put maximum pressure on the Government prior to the budget in November.
What you can do:
March in Manchester. Tell the Tories to Pay Up Now by joining the march on Sunday 1 October. The march takes place on the first day of the Conservative Party Conference and is part of a series of events organised by the People’s Assembly in Manchester.
UNISON members will assemble on Liverpool Road from 1pm for the march at 2pm.
There will be speakers and activities at the Castlefield Arena from 11am
Attend a public sector pay meeting. The North West TUC is organising a series of pay meetings across the region in the run-up to the march.
- Wednesday 20 September, 6pm-8pm: Bootle Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle, L20 7AE
- Wednesday 20 September, 6:45pm – 8:30pm: Rawtenstall Cricket Club, Bacup Road, Rawtenstall, BB4 7ND
- Monday 25 September, 7pm-9pm: Unity Wellbeing Centre, Vernon Street, Nelson BB9 9DX
- Wednesday 27 September, 7pm-9pm: Carnegie Hall, Westhoughton, Library Street, Westhoughton BL5 3AW
- Friday 29 September, 6pm-8pm: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS
- Monday 2 October, 6.30pm-8.30pm: Blackpool Catholic Club, 30 Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PU
Get your council on board. There is a model motion for councils to pass to show their support for higher pay for local government workers.
Lobby a Conservative MP. A lobby of Parliament is taking place at Westminster on Tuesday 17 October. If you live in one of the 20 Conservative constituencies in the North West and would like to get involved in lobbying your MP to support an end to the pay cap, please contact Jason Hunter: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the UNISON Pay Up Now campaign website. The site features a calculator to enable you to find out how much your pay has fallen and a chance to share your own pay story