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Scottish Government Scraps Pay Cap for Nurses and Teachers in Ayrshire

Published date : 04 Jul 2017

SNP SCRAPS PAY CAP FOR NURSES AND TEACHERS IN AYRSHIRE

TORIES MUST DELIVER ON PUBLIC SECTOR PAY

SNP MSP Jeane Freeman is calling on the UK Government to stop flip-flopping on public sector pay and endorse the SNP’s policy to end the pay cap.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay told the Scottish Parliament last week that the “time was up” for the annual 1%  limit on public sector pay.

The SNP Scottish Government is now engaging with trade unions ahead of the next Scottish budget to discuss a future public sector pay policy that recognises both rising living costs and the need for sustainable public finances in order to ensure fairer pay for nurses, teachers and all public sector workers in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley.

Jeane Freeman MSP said:

“The SNP Scottish Government has listened to independent pay recommendations - showing the many nurses, doctors and police officers and public sector workers in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley that their incredible service is valued and that they deserve pay that reflects that and helps them meet the growing financial challenges of rising costs. 

“Showing public sector workers here how much we value their work and service is even more important as we face the endless Brexit uncertainty that is driving inflation, forcing up living costs and intensifying recruitment problems- risking a Brexit brain drain.

“And with some public sector workers in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley still subject to UK wide pay policies - the Tories must act and act now to confirm that the pay cap will be scrapped.

“The clear message coming from Scotland to the Tory government is to end austerity, and end it now.“

ENDS

Exchange in Scottish Parliament can be found at: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=11042

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