31st August 2017

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has signed Unison the union’s pledge to lift the one per cent pay cap on public sector pay and demands that the UK Government follows the Scottish Government’s example.

For the past seven years, public sector pay has been capped at one per cent. Between 2010 and 2016, public sector pay grew by only 4.4 per cent while the cost of living increased by 22 per cent.

Earlier this year, the Scottish Government announced that it would be lifting the cap in Scotland next year. Mrs Fellows has signed Unison’s pledge as part of the ‘Pay Up Now’ campaign and demanded that the UK Government do the same.

Commenting, Marion said:

“I am proud to sign Unison’s pledge to ensure public sector workers get the pay rise they deserve. They teach in our schools, tend to our sick, and keep our streets safe.

“The SNP in Holyrood will lift the cap next year. With the cost of living increasing and wages stagnating, the Scottish Government’s proposals will be welcome. The increase will not only benefit workers, but also the communities around them and the wider economy.

“For departments that are reserved – including HMRC, Work and Pensions and the Home Office – only the UK Government can act to give these workers what they deserve. They must follow suit with the Scottish Government and pay up now.”