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POLL SHOWS THREE IN FOUR VOTERS SUPPORT PUBLIC SECTOR PAY BOOST THIS YEAR

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

For immediate release – Tuesday 7 March 2017

 

POLL SHOWS THREE IN FOUR VOTERS SUPPORT PUBLIC SECTOR PAY BOOST THIS YEAR

 

Nearly two thirds say cuts to public services have gone too far as union launches campaign to end decade long "pay pinch" on public services

 

3 in 4 adults (75%) would support an above inflation increase in public sector wages this year, a new poll commissioned by GMB trade union reveals.

 

69% of people currently intending to vote Conservative are also supportive. 85% of Labour supporters, 79% of Liberal Democrat supporters and 74% of UKIP supporters would all back this decision.

 

The poll, conducted by Survation, reveals the move would receive majority support from people in every region and devolved nation [1]. Just 17% of adults said they would not be supportive of an above inflation increase in public sector wages and 9% said they didn’t know.

 

The widespread public backing comes as GMB prepares to launch a campaign this week to end the "public sector pay pinch" after seven years of below inflation wage increases for people working in public services. The Government has previously said it intends to pursue this policy until 2020 [2].

 

The poll also shows that almost 2 in 3 adults (66%) believe that cuts to public services have ‘gone too far’ in recent years. This is also is a position supported by a majority of supporters of all parties. 55% of Conservative supporters think that cuts to public services have gone too far. This view is shared by 78% of Labour supporters, 75% of current UKIP supporters, and 59% of those supporting the Liberal Democrats.

 

Only 17% of adults think the spending cuts to public services have been at the right level and just 8% say the cuts have not gone far enough. 9% said they didn’t know.

 

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary said:

 

"It's high time for public sector workers to be paid their dues – the public sector pay pinch must end. There is widespread support from voters of all political parties and in every region and UK nation for breaking the cycle of below inflation pay rises.

 

“Public servants perform a vital role in our society - we would be utterly lost without them. It’s the nurses, teaching assistants, midwives, council staff, 999 call handlers and ambulance workers who are on the front line every single day but who have had thousands of pounds pinched already and are facing further attacks on their living standards.

 

"The growing public concern about the impact of cuts to our services is striking, with a majority of the public across voters of all parties, regions and devolved nations agreeing that these cuts have gone too far.

 

"People are not stupid - they know that underfunding and running down our public services is doing damage and being felt on the frontline. Our dedicated public servants need the tools, resources and support to be able to do their jobs."

 

ENDS


GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

[1] Survation surveyed 1,019 people online on 2-3 March 2017. Data were weighted to the profile of all UK adults aged 18+. Survation are a member of the British Polling Council and abide by their rules. [see attached – tables 7-8]

 

[2] Summer 2015 Budget, pp. 27-28, https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/budget-july-2015

 

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