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Union urges 743,000 public sector workers to vote Labour

IN THE RED CORNER: Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn outside his local polling station in north London last year

GMB, THE union for public sector workers, calls on over 750,000 public sector workers, employed as health workers, catering assistants, cleaners, teaching assistants, ambulance staff, residential care workers, council workers, police and civil servants to vote for an end to the public sector pay cap.

The area in the region with the largest number of public sector workers is Westminster with 93,962. Next is Camden with 44,164, Southwark with 41,294, Tower Hamlets with 41,228 and Lambeth with 36,377.

Warren Kenny, GMB London region secretary, said:

"The pay of public sector workers in London has been subjected to a pay cap since 2010 and earnings are down in real terms by 6.4% since 2007.

"As the economy nears full employment and as pay begins to recover in other sectors of the economy, staff shortages will begin to appear in parts of the public sector and in parts of the region.

"This is already the case in some areas like paramedics, 999 call handlers, nurses, midwives, adult social care staff, social workers, refuse collectors, teachers, teaching assistants and school caretakers. Schools are now more heavily reliant on support staff to fill gaps in teacher shortages with little or no recognition for the extra duties and responsibilities they're taking on.

"Those providing social care for the elderly and most vulnerable are increasingly dependent on benefits as pay in real terms declines and they carry the burden of our overstretched social care system.

"The 743,000 public sector workers in the region have an opportunity in the forthcoming general election to use their vote and put an end to the pay cap.

"GMB is calling on them to vote Labour as it is a Labour Party manifesto commitment to end the public sector pay cap – because public sector workers deserve a pay rise after years of falling wages."

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