Latest Public Sector News


Coordinated strike action planned against pay freeze

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has backed coordinated strike action against a two-year pay freeze on public sector workers.

At its annual conference, unions were planning strike action to take place in the spring if negotiations over pay break down. GMB and Unison have formed an alliance which means nearly 1.5m health and local government employees could strike.

The teaching unions NUT and NASUWT have announced an indefinite work to rule protest from September 26, when they will no longer supervise students during lunch breaks and will stop providing cover for colleagues.

The TUC backed a motion urging “full support to all groups of workers in the private or public sector who take industrial action against cuts or attacks on pay, jobs, pensions or conditions of service and co-ordinating unions taking strike action”.

Dave Prentis, the Unison general secretary, said: “If employers refuse to negotiate, if the attacks continue, we will move to the co-ordinated action, which is called for in this composite. Now is the time for action.”

Mark Serwotka, the PCS general secretary, urged action ahead of that planned for the spring. He said: “We need a sense of urgency to turn the words in this resolution into action before it’s too late.”

David Cameron’s official spokesperson said: “Obviously we think that strike action benefits no one. At the present time, our economy faces significant challenges. What we need is for the country to come together to deal with these challenges.

“We have put in place a freeze on public sector pay for two years. We don’t intend to reopen that decision.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at [email protected]

Image c. N Hall


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment


public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News


Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >


Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >