Stephen Williams, the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, has welcomed his party’s plans to raise public sector workers' pay by linking wages in line with inflation.
The Liberal Democrats have announced they would end years of pay restraint for nurses, teachers and police by lifting the 1% cap on public sector pay and up-rating wages in line with CPI inflation. The plans would lead to an estimated pay rise of £780 for the average public sector worker by 2021.
In contrast, the Tories’ public sector pay cap, combined with rising inflation since the Brexit vote, will mean that by 2021 a new nurse will be £530 a year worse off, a primary school teacher £550 and an army sergeant £830.
Stephen Williams said:
“Public sector pay restraint was brought in to get the nation’s finances back on track but workers across the public sector have made enough sacrifices for far too long. That’s why it is time to end the era of pay restraint.
“Despite being asked to make do with less, workers in the public sector in this city– from teachers and nurses to social workers and police officers – have maintained the highest standards and shown great professionalism. But Bristolians in these jobs are facing a double blow at the hands of this Tory government, with years of pitiful increases to pay combined with a Brexit squeezecaused by soaring inflation.
“Living standards are falling and prices are rising. Despite all this, Theresa May doesn’t care and public sector jobs and pay are under further threat from the Tories’ hard Brexit agenda. An agenda that has been backed all the way by Labour.
"A better future is available. The Liberal Democrats will stand up for our schools and hospitals and give hard-working nurses, teachers and police the pay rise they deserve. We are the only party able form a strongopposition to the Tories’ damaging approach to the Brexit deal and within our carefully costed commitments, we believe government can and must lift the cap on public sector pay.”