Public workers look to both governments to take action for fair pay

October 9th 2017

Derek Mackay’s commitment to lifting the Scottish Government’s pay cap is an opportunity to make good on their promises to restore living standards for public workers in Scotland, that have declined dramatically over the last decade.

The Scottish Government has responsibility for 90% of public workers. Half a million workers are depending on the SNP government taking action now for a fair pay deal.

We can unite with the Scottish Government on their call to end Westminster austerity. But the Cabinet Secretary for Finance has recognised that Westminster is just one factor that determines public pay. Public workers won’t wait for Westminster.

The STUC is calling on the Scottish Government to use all mechanisms, including tax-raising powers, to achieve an above-inflation pay-deal for Scottish public workers.

Funding for fair pay cannot be found in budgets of services that are already at breaking-point but depends on additional money from the Scottish Government.

ENDS

For further information contact Dave Moxham 0141 337 8100 dmoxham@stuc.org.uk

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