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Regional public sector pay rates 'unfair'


Most members of the public believe government plans to introduce regional pay rates for public sector workers are unfair, according to a new study.

A survey of over 1,000 adults for the TUC found 56% opposed to the move, with just 28% describing it as fair.

There were majorities against regional pay in every part of the UK, as well as among Liberal Democrat voters.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “The government wants to play divide and rule between public and private sectors, but a big majority say regional pay freezes are unfair.

“Liberal Democrat MPs in particular should take note. Current voters split two to one and nearly two-thirds of people who voted Lib Dem in the last election think moves to local or regional pay are unfair.

“With new research by the Office of National Statistics showing that the pay gap between public and private sector is mainly due to women and the low-paid getting a better deal in the public sector, the Chancellor’s ambition to hold down the pay of nurses, dinner ladies, and hospital porters looks increasingly like another attack on the hard-working, struggling majority who come nowhere near benefiting from the abolition of the 50p tax rate.”

Gail Cartmail, Unite assistant general secretary, said: “Regional pay is another bad idea from a government getting a reputation for bad ideas.

“It is divisive, costly, bureaucratic, and, as this poll shows, unpopular. Its imposition will only further cement this government’s reputation for being sorely out of touch.

“Unless the government ditches this proposal once and for all, then George Osborne will go down in history as the Chancellor that divided the nation.”



Readers' comments (6)

  • It is totally unfair because for example, a registered nurse working in an acute hospital trust in London has the same responsibilities as a registered nurse working in an acute trust in any other part of the UK. We should all therefore be paid the same appropriate to our band.
    If the government is successful in bringing in this totally unfair legislation, I for one will emigrate taking my many years of knowledge and experience with me.

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  • tinkerbell

    Not only will george osbourne go down as the chancellor who divided this nation, but this unelected government will go down as the most undemocratic government that ever got into powerby default and that's putting it as nicely as i can.

    The nasty, pasty stealing the country blind, bandits, party of all time.
    Stand and deliver, your money or your life.

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  • London weighting anyone? Regional pay makes sense: local agreements taking local needs and circumstances into account. The nameless emigrant above does realise that wherever he/she goes, they won't be be paid under Agenda For Change, don't they?

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  • Of course I do Mikey; I'm not stupid enough to think the AFC is abroad as well as here. I haven't emigrated yet so I'm not an emigrant.

    As regards London weighting, that is ok as London is so expensive to live in; I worked there for a few years too. The London weighting is on top of the standard NHS pay. In other areas such as Devon and Cornwall, the wages locally are poor, and the bills high; e.g water rates being the highest in the country. If we had to accept a lower salary on top of the current pay increase freeze and increased pension contributions we would be much worse off, but have the same responsibilities as RN's in other parts of the country, which is plainly unfair.

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  • Just uplift everyone to the same, instead of reducing it - (I know, April fool - the joke is on me!)

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  • A4C was introduced as 'equal pay for job of equal value', and that is how it should be. Everyone is suffering some form of deprivation due to the current world recesion. We should be supporting each other not fighting with each other. If there are to be changes, they should be also in regard of areas of deprivation, as there are in Scotland, the North of Englad etc.

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