“When I’ve asked how many years do you intend to not even give us an inflation pay rise, we haven’t had an answer,” Mick Whelan of ASLEF in the Guardian

I was involved (in a small way) with civil service pay on the trade union side from about 2010 up to last year, and this is the thing. The UK government patently does not believe that pay should keep pace with inflation. Or to put it another way, they believe it is right to make their own staff poorer over time by stealth. Eventually there is no option but to strike or leave the job, because it is obvious that otherwise your living standards will fall and fall until you cannot make ends meet.


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