CIRC 158: POTENTIAL PAY FREEZE PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS

Please find the attached letter sent to the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Mr Robert Buckland QC and MP which is self - explanatory.

We all know that Prison Staff as key workers have without complaint attended work during this pandemic to keep Prisons safe during this terrible time. The speculation has not been confirmed but the Spending Review will be announced on Wednesday 25th November 2020 so we will all see the outcome and indeed the detail of the announcement.

The speculation in the media attempts to justify a Public sector pay freeze by comparing workers in the public sector with their terms and conditions compared to those in the private sector. This is not a time to pit worker against worker as this should not be a race to the bottom. All workers whether in the public sector or private sector should be on decent pay and terms and conditions. By all workers having spending power this is the best way to stimulate the economy and get better growth going forward. I hope my letter has some traction on behalf of POA members with the Government and they take a step backwards from making an announcement that will be a betrayal to the men and women who have risked their health and well-being to keep the service operating to a high standard.

POA members do not deserve this sort of speculation after the work they have done in keeping everyone safe.

Yours Sincerely

STEVE GILLAN
General Secretary

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Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.