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Taxpayers Alliance 'Wrong and Economically Illiterate'

Monday, September 11, 2017

Treasury analysis shows there is no difference between private and public sector pay

GMB, the union for public sector workers, has slammed new claims about public sector pay made by the Taxpayers' Alliance ahead of a House of Commons debate on NHS pay this week. 

The Treasury's own analysis has shown that there is no difference between private and public sector pay once average salary rates are adjusted for skill levels and role responsibilities. [1]
Separate research by GMB has shown that public sector staff are twice as likely to work unpaid overtime, with 1.8 million public sector employees regularly working 8 additional unpaid hours a week worth over £11 billion a year. If these hours were paid, it would be equivalent to a 24 per cent pay rise on average. [2]
Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said:
"The so-called Taxpayers' Alliance is deliberately comparing apples with oranges. Their claims are disingenuous, wrong and economically illiterate. This discredited approach has even been rejected by Philip Hammond and the Treasury.
"Public sector workers are taxpayers too, and they are working dangerous levels of unpaid overtime to hold vital public services together. On average, a staff nurse will have lost £18,360 due to a decade of Government-imposed real-terms pay cuts. 
"There is a genuine public sector pay crisis, and Ministers must commit to genuine wage increases for all groups of public servants this week."

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Notes to editors:

[1] The 2015 Summer Budget said on page 27 that:

‘Overall, levels of pay in the public sector are now, on average, comparable to those in the private sector.’ 
Philip Hammond said on The Andrew Marr Show on 16 July 2017 that:
'Public and private sector pay on average are around about the same level.’
[2] GMB analysis of unpublished ONS Labour Force Survey Data: GMB reveals £11 billion public sector unpaid overtime scandal,
[3] Real-terms salary loss figures for individual grades can be found at the GMB public sector pay campaign website


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