'Politicians fall over themselves to praise emergency services, so it's shocking they voted against pay cap end', say Unison

'Politicians fall over themselves to praise emergency services, so it's shocking they voted against pay cap end', says Unison

Many have called for the pay cap to be lifted

Thursday, June 29, 2017

MPs' vote against ending the public sector pay cap has been described as "absolutely shocking" following their recent and repeated high praise for the emergency services.

Christina McAnea, head of health at public services union Unison, told Paul Ross: "Politicians fall over themselves to shake hands with them to say how wonderful they are.

"They [MPs] get a chance to vote…and they turn it down. The Tory politicians and the DUP voted against it. Now, that is absolutely shocking."

​Yesterday's bid by Labour to end the public sector pay cap was voted down by 323 votes to 309.

"Politicians say, 'let’s go and shake a paramedic's hand, let’s go and shake a firefighter's hand.' Well, that’s fine but that doesn’t help that firefighter or that nurse or that paramedic feed their family.

"I hope some of our members, next time some Tory politician wants to shake their hand and say how wonderful they are, tell them exactly what they think of them."

She also believes if a similar amount of money agreed in the Tory-DUP deal was given to NHS workers, it would have been "quite significant". 

"It’s not enough - it doesn’t restore their pay - but it would be a step in the right direction," she said.

Listen to the full interview above

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