The Times newspaper has published a letter calling on the government to change direction on public sector pay.
The letter, published on 21 June, was submitted by Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress and 21 union leaders on behalf of the 5.5m employees who work in public services.
The letter said:
“Sir, On behalf of the 5.5 million employees who work in public services, we are calling for a change of direction on public sector pay. The general election showed that voters are concerned about the funding of our public services and the value that is placed on the staff delivering them.
“Politicians were rightly taken to task during the campaign by health professionals, school staff and emergency service workers who are struggling to get by. Services are under incredible pressure and overstretched public service workers feel increasingly taken for granted. Meanwhile, employers are finding it hard to attract new recruits and hold on to experienced staff.
“The prime minister should use the Queen’s Speech to lift the artificial wage restrictions on public sector workers and allow employers, unions and pay review bodies the freedom and independence to determine fair and appropriate pay awards.
“Theresa May says that she wants an economy and society that works for all. This must include those who deliver essential services to the public.”
Frances O’Grady, General Secretary, TUC; Dave Prentis, General Secretary, UNISON; Len McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite; Tim Roache, General Secretary, GMB; Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers; Chris Keates, General Secretary, NASUWT; Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, PCS; Mike Clancy, General Secretary, Prospect; Mary Bousted, General Secretary, ATL; Sally Hunt, General Secretary, UCU; Claire Sullivan, Director of Employment Relations, CSP; Matt Wrack, General Secretary, FBU; Jon Skewes, Director of Policy, Employment Relations and Communications, RCM; Steve Gillan, General Secretary, POA; Russell Hobby, General Secretary, NAHT; Richard Evans, Chief Executive, SoR; Dave Penman, General Secretary, FDA; Dr Rosemary Gillespie, General Secretary, SCP; Annette Mansell-Green, Head of Employment Relations, BDA; Ian Lawrence, General Secretary, NAPO; Kate Fallon, General Secretary, AEP; Lesley-Anne Baxter, Chair, BOS-TU