A government-commissioned report confirms today (September 17) that austerity is not working, the Public and Commercial Services union says.
Former Labour minister Alan Milburn’s social mobility commission says austerity has made it harder to tackle poverty and that government and employers will have to do more to increase wages.
The report comes a day after the latest official figures on pay showed that wage increases have stalled in the public sector and are lagging way behind the cost of living elsewhere in the private sector.
The union calls for an immediate end to the current public sector pay cap, which is following two years of a pay freeze, saying soaring energy and rail costs are leaving households unable to cope and damaging our economy.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This report vindicates what we have been saying for three years, that the government’s economically illiterate austerity policies is damaging our economy and hitting the poorest the hardest.
“We need an immediate end to the public sector pay cap, a big rise in the minimum wage and more pressure on private employers to pay a living wage.”
(from a press release)