Published: 05/07/2017 13:59 - Updated: 05/07/2017 14:04

Stop 'flip-flopping' on public pay, says Richard Lochhead

 

Richard Lochhead
Richard Lochhead
THE UK Government has been urged to "stop flip-flopping" on public sector pay and follow the SNP’s policy to end the pay cap.

 

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay told the Scottish Parliament last week that the "time was up" for the annual 1 per cent  limit on public sector pay.

The SNP Scottish Government is now engaging with trade unions ahead of the next Scottish budget to discuss a future public sector pay policy that recognises both rising living costs and the need for sustainable public finances in order to ensure fairer pay for nurses, teachers and all public sector workers in Moray.

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead said: "The government has listened to independent pay recommendations - showing the many nurses, doctors and police officers and thousands more public sector workers in Moray that their incredible service is valued and that they deserve pay that reflects real life circumstances.

"Indeed, showing public sector workers in Moray how much we value their service is ever more pertinent as we face rising inflation and increasing living costs.

"With some public sector workers in Moray still subject to UK wide pay policie, the Tories must act and act now to confirm that the pay cap will be scrapped.

"I was hugely disappointed that one of the first acts of Moray’s new Tory MP, Douglas Ross, was to vote against removing the public sector pay cap and he should explain to local public sector workers why he believes they don’t deserve a pay increase.

"The clear message coming from Scotland to the Tory government is to end austerity, and end it now."

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