GMB, the union for public sector workers, has responded to the Institute for Fiscal Studies' new report on public sector pay. 
Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said:
"The IFS is just the latest independent body to call for the pay pinch to end.
"A decade of real-terms wage cuts is having a devastating impact on GMB members, and our research shows that the cap may be costing more in agency and temporary worker fees than it saves.
"It's time for ministers to pull their heads out of the sand and give all public sector workers a proper pay rise."
Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for editors
 The IFS's report, Public sector pay: still time for restraint?, published 20/09/2017, says: "Continuing to increase public sector pay scales by only 1% per year in 2018–19 and 2019–20 would likely lead to growth in public pay falling significantly behind growth in private sector pay, exacerbating the emerging recruitment, retention and motivation problems in the public sector. Increasing public sector pay in line with prices or private sector earnings would likely mitigate these problems."