Belfast Telegraph

Continuing public sector pay cap condemns 'just managing' to more cuts: union

Unions have attacked the Chancellor for "refusing" to lift the controversial 1% cap on public sector pay.

Philip Hammond was accused of condemning "just managing" civil servants and other workers to years more pay cuts of up to 20%.

The Public and Commercial Services union said the average civil servant had seen pay fall by around 9% in real terms from 2010 to 2016.

General secretary Mark Serwotka said: "By any definition, the Government's own workforce, who are facing a 20% cut in their pay, are 'just managing' and deserve the help the Prime Minister promised they would get.

"We will continue to fight to break the 1% pay cap and to stop Theresa May's Government condemning civil servants to three more years of wage cuts and hardship"

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: "W ithout a mention from the Chancellor, public service employees will be feeling they're the forgotten part of the 'jam' generation. Most are not managing at all.

"There was nothing today to relieve their ongoing pay pain and, as wages rise elsewhere, public sector workers are being left further and further behind."