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Wages cap: Sinn Fein say public service workers are 'first victims' of DUP and Tory deal

The wages of public sector workers in Britain are the first victims of the DUP and Tory austerity deal. Sinn Fein MLA Mairtin O Muilleoir has said.

He was speaking after a Labour amendment to end emergency services cuts and pay freeze was defeated by 323 votes to 309 in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening.

The DUP's 10 MPs voted with the Conservatives against Labour's proposed amendment to the Queen's speech. The amendment would have ended the public sector pay cap of 1 per cent and allow for the recruitment of police officers and firefighters.

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Mr O Muilleoir said that cap is "effectively a cut in real terms as wages continue to fall behind inflation in the wake of the Tories disastrous Brexit agenda".

He continued: “The wages of public sector workers, including frontline staff in hospitals and schools are the first victims of the DUP/Tory deal.

“Sinn Féin said earlier this week that the price of the DUP-Tory deal is DUP support for continued Tory Austerity and cuts to public services and a blank cheque for a Tory Brexit.

"It’s time to end Tory austerity not to shore it up,”  Mr O Muilleoir concluded.

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