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'Gove Hypocrisy On Public Sector Pay'

Monday, July 3, 2017



School Support Staff Negotiating Body axed by Education Secretary Gove in October 2010 

GMB has pointed to Environment Secretary Michael Gove's hypocrisy after he told The Sunday Times that: "You've got to listen to the public sector pay review bodies...When they made recommendations on school teachers' pay I think I always accepted them."

The union called the statement 'a bit rich' given Gove had axed the national School Support Staff Negotiating Body during his time as Education Secretary.

The SSSNB was set up by the last Labour Government in 2009 to design consistent support staff roles and pay structures in all schools in place of the unfair and inefficient 'leave it to each school' approach that had existed before, which also cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds in equal pay settlements.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary for Public Services said: 

"Mr Gove's Support for Public Sector Pay Review Bodies now is a bit rich after scrapping the national negotiating body for hundreds of thousands of school caterers, lunchtime assistants, dinner ladies, teaching assistants and caretakers. 

"If the Tories are serious, they need to stop dithering and get on with lifting the cap on public sector pay and ensure all public sector workers get a fair pay rise. Pay Review Bodies only make up 45% of the total public sector workforce. Approximately 3 millions workers are not covered by a pay review body. 

"Conservative MPs can't take to the airwaves one day to praise our frontline workers then continue to troop through the lobbies to deprive them of a pay rise another. It's time to end the public sector pay pinch."


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Michael Gove back in the hot seat — greener, less naive, Sunday Times, 02/07/17

Ministerial statement abolishing SSSNB, 28/10/10

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