Public Sector Pay Protests

Pay restraints that the government claims has safe guarded job and services have resulted in protests of 80,000 to 90,000, by workers from the public sector, including hospital workers, teachers, and civil servants as well as rail and postal workers.

Average wages have fallen by £50 a week since 2008, according to Trades Union Congress (TUC), who organised many of the protests.

General secretary of TUC, Ms O’Grady said that top directors were being awarded 175 times more than the average worker, while five million people were earning less than the minimum living wage.

Mick Bowman, a 56 year-old mental health social worker, took part in the London march. He claimed that with the increased cost of living, combined with the absence of any pay rise for four years meant that he had suffered a substantial financial loss. Like many workers in the public sector he believes he is working under increasing pressure, with little support from the government.

Bowman criticised the government, saying that ‘The National Debt was manageable and the way to deal with it is not to cut jobs and shrink the public sector.’

‘It’s time to invest more in the public sector and get people into a position where they are able to spend more and put more money into the tax system.’

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