Tuesday 12 September 2017 / 2:24 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Today’s announcement will come as cold comfort for nurses, teachers and other public sector workers who the Government has ignored – Dowd

Peter
Dowd MP, Labour’s Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
responding to the
announcement by Liz Truss of a marginal change in the public sector pay cap for
just prison and police officers, said:

“Today’s
announcement will come as cold comfort for those nurses, teachers and other
public sector workers who the Government has ignored and will face even steeper
pay cuts on top of what they have lost since 2010.

“On
the same day we see inflation rise to 2.9% we get this derisory attempt by the
Tories to pretend they are lifting the public sector pay cap, when in reality
they are still going ahead with a pay cut in real terms for prison and police
officers. And to add further insult to injury, the Government are paying for
this minimal change by further cuts to their already strained budgets.

“Only
Labour is prepared to ensure that our dedicated public sector workers are truly
recognised for what they do for their communities by ending the public sector
pay cap for all public sector workers.”