Call for pub­lic sec­tor pay to rise in Ar­gyll

The Oban Times - - News -

PUB­LIC sec­tor pay should have a pay rise as soon as pos­si­ble, claims Ar­gyll and Bute MSP Michael Rus­sell.

Mr Rus­sell is call­ing on the UK gov­ern­ment to stop ‘flip-flop­ping’ on pub­lic sec­tor pay and en­dorse a Scot­tish gov­ern­ment pol­icy to end the pay cap.

Mr Rus­sell said: ‘The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has lis­tened to in­de­pen­dent pay rec­om­men­da­tions – show­ing the many nurses, doc­tors, po­lice of­fi­cers and all other pub­lic sec­tor work­ers in Ar­gyll and Bute that their in­cred­i­ble ser­vice is val­ued and that they de­serve pay that re­flects real life cir­cum­stances.

‘In­deed, show­ing pub­lic sec­tor work­ers in Ar­gyll and Bute how much we value their ser­vice is ever more per­ti­nent as we face end­less Brexit un­cer­tainty that is driv­ing in­fla­tion, forc­ing up liv­ing costs and in­ten­si­fy­ing re­cruit­ment prob­lems – risk­ing a Brexit brain drain. The UK gov­ern­ment must act to con­firm the pay cap will be scrapped.’

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