At the end of March 2017, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) published a report on pay in the public sector (Lift the Cap – a fair deal for public service workers), which noted that, with public sector workers over half-way through a decade of government-imposed pay restraint, five million people delivering public services, from job centres to hospitals, schools to local councils, have seen six years of pay freezes and pay caps. As a result, many public sector workers will have seen their pay cut by over £2,000 in real terms, once inflation has been taken into account. The report takes a snap shot of the current situation for public sector workers and looks at the impact on morale and on recruitment and retention. In the light of increasing levels of inflation in the post-Brexit economy, it seeks to persuade the government and employers to take a new look at how they are treating the workers who are the lifeblood of essential public services at the heart of communities. Steve Vale, HR Consultant, looks at and comments on the case made by the report.

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