i News reports that nurses and teachers have threatened industrial action unless ministers scrap the cap on pay rises across the board. The warning comes after it emerged the Government is poised to hand a pay rise to police and prison officers.
The pay review body recommendations for police and prison officers for 2017-18 are still to be published and are awaiting a government response, which Theresa May has said will happen “shortly”. It is widely expected that ministers will accept the advice put forward by the review bodies, handing staff the first pay rise above 1 per cent for seven years.
But nurses, hospital workers and teachers have warned ministers against denying all public sector workers a similar pay rise until next year. The Royal College of Nursing threatened strike action if an uplift in pay is not included in the Budget.
The Department of Health and the Department for Education have accepted the recommendations from their own pay review bodies, both of which stated that the 1 per cent pay freeze should remain in place.
Unison, which represents school and hospital staff, said it was targeting Conservative MPs with slim majorities, calling on them to back the call to remove the pay cap or risk losing their seat in the next election.
A union spokeswoman refused to rule out industrial action if demands were not met in the forthcoming Budget in November.
The newly created National Education Union (formerly the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers) also stated that the threat of strikes remained an option.
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