GMB BUDGET RESPONSE – NO PLAN FROM CHANCELLOR TO RELIEVE INCREASING STRAIN ON WORKERS
Government fails to rebuild public services and more workers set to be dragged onto the bread line, union says
Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget Statement failed to relieve the strain on workers from a further squeeze on living standards as wage growth is on course fall, GMB trade union warned today.
Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget statement, the union said he neglected to support workers facing a decade of pay and had failed to provide proper funding for public services or social care.
Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:
“The squeeze on living standards continues to put an unbearable strain on workers around the country.”
“With wage growth predicted to fall, even more people face being dragged onto the bread line. The trouble with the government's knock-off version of the living wage is that it's set at a level that people can't live on.”
“This should have been a Budget to provide a plan for fair pay and support for all workers, including for those in the public sector who've had an average of £9,000 pinched from their pay packets since 2010 and face losing £4,000 more in the three years ahead.”
“Instead, the Tories showed how out of touch they are by failing to help these dedicated public servants – all the while giving tax breaks to big business.”
“Public services we all rely on are in crisis due to the cuts and underfunding over the last seven years. Nearly two thirds of adults think the cuts have gone too far, yet there is no plan coming from the Chancellor to rebuild the public services or to support those who are working in them.”
“Instead they are ignoring what people want - and are prioritising £8.5 billion tax cuts for corporations.”
“Despite finally realising that their cuts to social care have plunged the sector into crisis, the government isn't even offering half measures.”
“The Kings Fund say £1.9 billion is needed next year yet the Government are making a total £2 billion available to cover three years - after over £4 billion of cuts this gives us the grand total of minus £2.5 billion since 2010. They want to be seen to care - without funding it.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
1.A new report published today by GMB, reveals that following a Government cap on their wages, full-time public sector workers now face a real terms pay cut totaling an average of £4,073 by 2020, of which £1,426 can be attributed to the additional inflation triggered by Brexit.www.gmb.org.uk/pinched-report
2.New polling by Survation, commissioned by GMB this week revealed:
- Two-thirds of respondents (66%) believe that cuts to public services have gone too far, with only 8% saying that cuts to public services had not gone far enough, while 17% said they had been at about the right level and 9% didn’t know.
- Three-quarters of people would be either somewhat or very supportive of an above-inflation pay rise for public sector workers this year. More than two-thirds of those intending to vote Conservative, 85% of those intending to vote Labour and three-quarters of UKIP voters said that they would be supportive of such a pay-boost.