Unions say that public sector is lagging in pay stakes

PUBLIC-sector workers are being made "scapegoats" for the financial crisis, according to union leaders who claim a pay gap is emerging between private and public workers.

A study by Incomes Data Services (IDS) showed that in the three months to the end of April, median settlements in the private sector were worth 3 per cent, while for public- sector workers it was zero.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "This shows that real pain is being inflicted on public-sector workers. With inflation running high, public- sector pay freezes amount to a harsh real-terms cut in wages.

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"By forcing through pay cuts and seeking to increase pension contributions on top of heavy job losses, the UK government is making public servants the scapegoat for a financial crisis they played no part in causing."

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