Pay increases for public sector workers - Simon Hughes

No more pay cuts for nurses, teachers & police in Bermondsey and Old Southwark


Public sector workers in Bermondsey and Old Southwark deserve to feel the benefits of the economic recovery by receiving pay increases by at least the rate of inflation.

I am fighting to ensure employees in the public sector are no longer subject to real term cuts in their pay. 

This will guarantee an increase in pay to one in five workers in Bermondsey and Old Southwark. 

That’s a minimum pay rise over the next two years of:

  • £350 for a nurse Guy's on £25,000
  • £420 for a police officer in Southwark Police on £30,000
  • And nearly £500 for a teacher at St James' on £35,000

Public sector workers in Bermondsey and Old Southwark have made enough sacrifices. You have done your bit to help get the country back on track.

That's why I'm fighting to end the era of pay restraint.

I am fighting to give all public sector workers – from teachers and nurses to social workers and police officers – in our local community pay rises which at least keep pace with the cost of living every year.

No more pay freezes or below inflation pay rises. The only way to achieve this is through a balance approach to the deficit, where there is light at the end of the tunnel.

If you are a public sector worker worried Tory cuts threaten your job, or Labour’s refusal to deal with the deficit means another year of pay cuts, then only a vote for me will guarantee you a fair pay deal.”

A balanced approach to the economy – tackling the deficit but doing it fairly – means I am the only candidate in our local area that can make this commitment for the next parliament.

The Tories’ ideological cuts to public spending and Labour’s failure to tackle the deficit means both parties will have to make further cuts to real terms pay. I believe that now is the time to share this prosperity.