Public sector pay squeeze hits living standards – agai...

Public sector pay squeeze hits living standards – again, says Unite

14 March 2013

The one per cent pay award for public sector workers for 2013-14 will contribute to a further reduction in living standards for millions of working people, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Thursday 14 March).

Unite assistant general secretary for the public sector Gail Cartmail said: “With inflation hovering at about 2.7 per cent, this announcement from the Treasury is woefully inadequate and will mean that the living standards of millions of working people and their families will be further hit.

“Yet again, nurses, health visitors, prison officers and the soldiers serving in Afghanistan are bearing the brunt for the financial chaos caused by the greedy City elite.

“Chancellor George Osborne is continuing his socially and economically divisive policies in the run-up to next week’s budget.

“Working people are faced with average energy bills of £1,400-a-year, and soaring food prices, yet ministers march blithely onwards. Public sector workers contribute greatly to their local economies, so if their pay packets are further squeezed this has an adverse knock-on effect in the local high street – and this will hinder economic recovery.  

“Last month the outgoing governor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King said he expected inflation, currently 2.7 per cent, to rise to at least three per cent by the summer and to remain above the bank's two per cent  target for two years.

“Unite will be campaigning in the next 12 months for public sector workers to receive a substantial and fair uplift in their wages for the year 2014-15.”

The government has accepted the Pay Review Bodies’ recommendations on base pay for public sector workforces for 2013-14.


The award covers The Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB), NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB), the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body (DDRB), Prison Service Pay Review Body (PSPRB), and the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB)

For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 

  • 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.