This week, Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, and Trade Union representatives from the city have written to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, calling on him to rule out a public sector pay freeze post Covid-19.
The letter follows reports that the Government is planning another pay freeze on public sector workers as it attempts to ‘balance the books’ following the unprecedented levels of public spending that has been required to support the economy throughout the pandemic.
The letter outlines how the City Council have faced a funding cut of almost 50% in the 10 years from 2010, which has seen the pay of local government workforce being restrained. It goes on to say “[public sector workers] are the very people we are now clapping every Thursday evening and, without their professionalism and dedication, the council services residents rely on would simply not be deliverable at these challenging times. Any decision to now financially penalise these workers would represent a deeply damaging betrayal.”
Jack Dromey MP said:
“Birmingham City Council and the trade unions are right to call on the Government to rule out public sector pay freezes after COVID-19.
“They have put their lives on the line. After years of austerity and pay restraint, we cannot now allow public sector workers in the NHS, social care, schools and councils to bear the brunt of this crisis. Our communities have relied on them during this difficult time, we will continue to stand by them after it.”
You can read the letter in full below: