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Cable rubbishes regional pay fears

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Business secretary Vince Cable has insisted the UK government will not “impose” lower pay on public-sector workers.

The Treasury is currently examining whether to bring in regional pay rates.

If the controversial move goes ahead, it could see public-sector workers being paid a different salary simply because of where they live.

The scheme has come under attack from the Welsh government as well as a number of unions in recent weeks - and been described as “divisive”.

During a visit to a steel recycling plant in Cardiff, Mr Cable accused his political rivals of scaremongering and claimed that fairness and flexibility were at the heart of the UK government’s plans.

He said: “There’s a lot of unnecessary fears about this.

“There is no question whatsoever of average low pay across Wales in the public sector being imposed from central government.

“All that’s happened so far is that the Treasury is putting in evidence between the difference between public and private-sector pay in different parts of the country.

“There is no commitment to do this and we are just looking at evidence.

“I think that scaring people in the public sector that they will have their pay depressed, is completely wrong.”

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  • tinkerbell

    Then why are the looking at it? Not because they're bored i presume.

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  • Never trust a politician!!

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  • Anonymous | 5-Apr-2012 3:03 pm

    I don't think anybody does, do they?

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  • Not if they have any sense!!

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  • Regional pay is a great idea. I'm sure the gvt will lead on the issue and start with MPs.

    Now, what job can you get in London that requires no training whatsoever, not a single qualification. It requires only the gift of the gab, or ability to win a popularity contest (but nothing as difficult as Britain's got pop factor get me in here tallent). Well, a parking warden requires some training, so their salries would have to be lower than that. I am thinking the minimum wage should be fine.

    Once they have revised their payscales, then they can come and talk to us. Lead by example. Show us that we are all in this together.

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  • God forbid should they take any responsibility as a government!

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  • 'There is no question whatsoever of average low pay across Wales in the public sector being imposed from central government.'
    No, Vince, no. You'll just order local government to do it instead. That's Vince's problem, inside he still has a bit of soul (notice how he's hardly on the TV these days? Too human for the ConDems) and hasn't got the point of political language yet.

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  • yeah right... l

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  • Since more and more power is being devolved to the various regions of the UK, why would that not include potentially different payscales in Wales and Scotland as compared to England?

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