29 June 2017
Commenting on the rejection of Labour’s amendment to the Queen’s Speech calling for an end to the public sector pay cap, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“The Government’s insistence that the limit on public sector pay will remain at 1% is unacceptable and in no way reflects the hard jobs that people are doing day in day out. So far, teacher pay has fallen by some 15% in real terms since 2010.1 In contrast MPs have taken a 15.6% pay rise since 2010.2
“It is clear that the Conservatives – in collaboration with the DUP – do not think a pay rise above 1% is necessary for our teachers, nurses, police or firefighters. Yet just last year the School Teachers’ Review Body advised Government that a pay increase ‘significantly higher’ than 1% would be required before 2020.2 Without it, teacher recruitment and retention – already in a critical state – will worsen. Paying essential workers fairly will go some way to addressing this issue.
“Pay for all public sector workers needs to be increased. The Autumn budget must ensure that this 1% cap is lifted for all public servants.”