Wales set to be hit harder again as Chancellor extends...

Wales set to be hit harder again as Chancellor extends austerity on public sector workforce

20 March 2013

Unite, one of the largest unions in Wales, has condemned the Chancellor’s Budget announcement that austerity measures will be extended further on the pay of those working in the public sector.

George Osborne has outlined plans in today’s (20 March) budget to limit public sector pay increases to a below inflation one per cent.

Unite Wales Secretary Andy Richards said:

“A huge chunk of the Welsh workforce will once again be hit hardest by the UK government’s austerity agenda with the Budget announcement that pay increases in the public sector will not be more then a one per cent.

This comes hot on the heels of a pay freeze and prolongs the pinch of a real terms pay cut for our hardworking and dedicated public servants.

Wales is set to disproportionately feel the impact of this pay restraint as more people are employed in the public sector here – this is not good for the workforce and not good for Wales.”


For further information contact Hannah Blythyn on 07980 237694.

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.