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Unite tells Hunt to “change the record” on NHS pay straightjacket

Unite tells Hunt to “change the record” on NHS pay straightjacket

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt should “change the record” when it comes to calling for continual tough pay restraint for NHS staff, Unite has said

Posted: 10 August 2016

This comes after the health secretary’s letter to Jerry Cope, the chair of the independent NHS pay review body urging pay restraint in the public sector for the next pay year.

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for health, said it’s now time for Hunt to demonstrate he truly values NHS staff who “have seen their real incomes drop by some 15 per cent” since the Tories came to power in 2010.

“Dedicated NHS staff have endured a crippling cocktail of pay freezes and one per cent pay rises over the last six years – it appears that Hunt has not changed his tune and wants this straightjacket of harsh pay austerity to continue, perhaps up to 2020.

“The new government has indicated that there may be a loosening of the financial targets so beloved by George Osborne when he was chancellor – if that’s the case, public sector workers should be the beneficiaries of this resetting of the British economy,” he added.

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