GMB Response To Report That MP’s Pay Review Body Is Recommending At 15% Rise In MP Salaries
Front line public service workers have as good if not a better case and its time this case got a fair hearing as what's good enough for MPs is good enough for other public sector workers says GMB
GMB, the union for public service workers, responded to reports that The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is recommending a £10,000 or 15% increase in MPs salaries. See notes to editors for report on Sky news website.
Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Service, said “The report says that the independent pay setting body for MPs (IPSA) is recommending a £10,000 or 15% pay rise. In part this is to offset pension changes.
Although it is highly unlikely that this recommendation will be acted on it nevertheless shows that there is a case to be made for public servants whose pay has been capped to pay for an austerity program that they didn't cause or benefit from.
Whether it is MPs or care workers or school dinner ladies or nurses or social workers, the fact is that the same pressures highlighted in this MPs report apply widely throughout the public sector.
It is only because government pay policy has imposed pay ceilings on the public sector and placed restrictions on the equivalent bodies to IPSA that set pay for ordinary public sector workers that this hasn't been made clear before.
MPs may well have a case to argue for higher pay and denying it to them will not help the low paid public sector workers who are genuinely suffering and relying on welfare benefits and pay day loans.
The ordinary front line public service workers have as good if not a better case and its time this case got a fair hearing. What's good enough for MPs is good enough for other public sector workers."
Contact: Brian Strutton 07860 606 137 or Kamaljeet Jandu 07956 237 178 GMB press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823
Notes to editors
Report on Sky News website 20th May 2013
MPs are in line for a pay rise of up to £20,000 in a move that could spark public fury.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) has been looking at an increase of between £10,000 and £20,000.
This could potentially boost MPs' pay to more than three times the £26,500 national average salary.
The lower £10,000 figure is considered a more likely increase but even this is likely to anger voters.
Taxpayers' salaries have risen by just 0.6% on average this year and many people are struggling to cope with the rising cost of living.
The hike for MPs would be partly offset by curbs to their gold-plated pensions and personal expenses.
However the proposal has already met with an incredulous response from many social media users.
Harlow Labour councillor Ian Beckett tweeted: "Ground control to Westminster ... what planet are you on?"
Ipsa took responsibility for MPs' salaries and pensions two years ago after it emerged some MPs had been fiddling their expenses.
It has recently been conducting a fundamental review.
A survey released by the watchdog in January found politicians on average believed they should be paid £86,000 rather than £66,000, with some demanding more than £100,000.
The watchdog is due to deliver its initial proposals for consultation next month, although the main changes will not come into effect until after the general election in 2015.
However, any significant rise is certain to be controversial as the economy continues to struggle and the rest of the public sector is subject to tight pay restraint.
Speaker John Bercow is among those who have been pushing for better remuneration, warning that the Commons must attract people from all backgrounds.
Officials are concerned that David Cameron and other party leaders may find it difficult to back such an increase.
Last month ministers acted to reduce the government element of their pay so they did not benefit from a 1% increase granted to MPs.