Following months of UNISON pressure, the Scottish Government has said they will lift the 1% pay cap on public service workers. That’s a welcome start, but what does it mean?
1.2%? 1.7%? 2%? Inflation is 2.9%, so that’s still a real terms pay cut. And what about all the pay we’ve lost over the last 10 years? See just how much you’ve lost with our pay cut calculator www.unison.org.uk/our-campaigns/pay-up-now.
And who is it for? The Scottish Government has mentioned nurses and teachers. But what about all the rest of us. Council workers are amongst the lowest paid and local government has taken the biggest hit of job losses.