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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 July 2008
Government lies on public-sector pay
PROOF THAT the government is holding down public sector wage settlements below the rate of inflation - ie pay cuts - is provided by a report from the Incomes Data Services.
Their report shows that average public sector wage rises during the three months to the end of May this year were running at a mere 2.7% (compared to 3.8% in the private sector), while the current retail prices index (RPI) is 4.3%.
This latest data ties in with a survey by the Industrial Relations Service (reported in The Socialist last week), covering the same period, that shows only 9% of pay deals were for settlements above the RPI.
This means that a whopping 91% of workers were effectively receiving pay cuts.
These reports nail the government's lie that public sector pay rises are fuelling inflation.
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In The Socialist 9 July 2008:
Striking back against low pay
Campaign for a New Workers Party
The working class needs its own party
CNWP conference: Wanted - a new mass workers' party
Socialist Party news and analysis
UK economy sliding into recession
Rich get richer: Why should we pay the price!
MP backs student fees campaign
Bonuses for chiefs, pay restraint for civil service workers
Government lies on public-sector pay
High farce from Boris Johnson
G8 leaders' 'world hunger' banquet
On the other side of the financial divide...
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Defend the NHS!
Property deals threaten private nursing homes
Cancer vaccines: who decides?
Marxist analysis: history
Terry Fields: A socialist voice that rocked Whitehall
Socialist Party LGBT
Marching against homophobia & racism
Socialist Party workplace news
Argos warehouse workers vote to strike
DWP strikes bring talks
National Shop Stewards Network Conference: Organising migrant workers
A day in the life of a call centre worker
Call centre charter: A framework for workers' rights
RMT conference discusses crisis of political representation
Shop Workers' Union Usdaw
Socialist stands for Usdaw general secretary
The Socialist 9 July 2008 |
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