Worcester TUC: Sunak’s Budget Fails Working People

Worcester Trades Union Council (WTUC) have expressed their concern that the budget released by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the 3 March fails to address concerns raised by unions.

The local Trades Council, which is made up of Trade Union branches across the city, have branded Rishi Sunak’s budget as being merely more of the same—a continuation of austerity measures, wage freezes and cuts to public services. The budget did not make the Universal Credit uplift permanent, failed to increase Statutory Sick Pay, and rewarded millions of public sector and frontline workers with a pay freeze.

Francis O’Grady, the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, said:

“After a year of key workers going above and beyond, it’s an insult there’s no guarantee of a decent pay rise for all public sector key workers.”

Since the budget announcement, nurses have been offered a disgraceful 1% pay rise after all of their incredible work during the pandemic. Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of The Royal College of Nursing, said:

“The Budget is intended to show the path to recovery—but nursing staff won’t see one here. That there was no substantive mention of health and care services is incredulous in the middle of a pandemic…. Nursing staff are worse off now than they were a decade ago.”

The WTUC have stated that the budget showed where the Government’s priorities truly lie:

“- Not with the nurses, teachers and other workers who have been at the forefront of the response to the pandemic.

– Not with those struggling on Universal Credit, people who are coping with in-work poverty, using food banks to feed their families.

– Not with people who care about the Climate Emergency, watching the inaction in disbelief. In the fifth richest country in the world we can expect better. Those MPs who were clapping working people weeks ago have stopped. They have now delivered a slap to our face.”

WTUC Press Release

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