Nice – an ‘above inflation’ pay rise for public sector workers. But is it enough?

Forgive me if I’m underwhelmed by the pay rise that has been announced for people in the public sector.

Their pay was frozen for two years in 2010, and capped at a one per cent increase every year since. That’s well below inflation.

How much would this rise need to have been, to make up all the increases these people have lost, just to be paid in line with inflation?

It seems to me that the Tories are trying to look generous in giving this increase now.

In fact, it should highlight their cruelty.

In the nine years since they imposed their ridiculous austerity, shrinking the state by starving it of cash, while giving huge tax cuts to the very rich, the 100 richest people in the UK have become £55 billion richer, we’re told.

And what has happened to MPs’ pay in the same period?

The rest of us have suffered – and will continue to do so. Remember that.

Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers are reportedly set to get a pay rise.

The Treasury will unveil the biggest public sector pay rise in six years as one of Theresa May’s final acts as prime minister, The Times reported.

Soldiers are set to get a 2.9% rise, teachers and school staff 2.75%, police officers, dentists and consultants 2.5% and senior civil servants 2%.

It is thought the money will come from existing budgets.

Incidentally, this is a pay rise for police and soldiers, among others.

Considering current developments over Brexit, are the Tories planning to face widespread public unrest – possibly even violence?

Source: Public sector workers ‘to get above-inflation pay rise’ – BBC News

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4 thoughts on “Nice – an ‘above inflation’ pay rise for public sector workers. But is it enough?

  1. Growing Flame

    And we shouldn’t forget that the “rise” has to come out of the EXISTING budget, so something else-a much needed public service-will have to be cut back to pay for the measly rise. So the government has increased NOTHING to the benefit of the general public.

  2. boromoor

    Probably done it to try to keep the forces of law & order on side incase us ‘plebs’ get out of hand.
    Too little too late.

  3. wildswimmerpete

    General Election in the offing? Of course certain factions of the military would just love the opportunity to play with their lethal toys. Tory-instigated civil disorder would give them them all the excuse they crave.

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