Public service workers across the UK are walking out on a one day strike today, in protest at continuing pay freezes and caps that have meant the average public sector worker is now £2,245 worse off in real terms since this government took office. In local government, where almost two thirds of the workforce are paid below £21k a year and around half a million workers are paid less than the Living Wage, workers will have experienced a real terms pay cut of 18% by the end of 2014.
The sustained attack on public sector pay and pensions has played havoc with their living standards and seems to have no end in sight. Ministers revealed this week that pay restraint looks set to continue into 2018.
Pressing the government to give public service workers a fairer pay deal is a key part of our campaign, and many of the workers marching and striking today will be on the streets of London with us on 18 October, calling for a raise in the nation’s pay packet, and to see it shared out more fairly.
Let’s use the time between 10 July and 18 October to build the biggest possible show of support for the pay rise that ordinary Britons so desperately need. Take a minute to pledge your support for the 18 October march and we’ll keep you in the loop as updates and new actions are released.