4 July 2017
RMT Press Office:
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today called on the Government to lift the seven-year pay cap across all employers in the public sector and to increase pay for these long suffering workers above the RPI rate of inflation.
RMT organises workers in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Tyne & Wear Metro and Orkney Ferries who have all seen their pay drop well behind inflation and consequent increases in the cost of living since the Tory-Lib Dem coalition embarked on a punitive policy of public sector pay restraint in 2010 to pay for an economic crisis caused by the financial services sector.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“Public sector workers must be properly paid for the essential work they do. Throughout the long years of austerity, RMT consistently demanded pay rises for our members on Tyne and Wear Metro and Orkney Ferries, who provide essential transport services to diverse communities.
“Likewise, RMT merchant seafarers employed by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the largest employer of civilian seafarers, are also sick and tired of having their wages held down under political instruction from a hostile government. Now is the time to hold this minority Tory Government to account for their politically motivated attacks on public sector pay since 2010 and to demand above inflation pay increases across the public sector before the autumn budget. The tide is turning and public sector workers must be amongst the first to reap the reward.”