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Friday, 29 June 2012

Pay – a fertile battleground to fight on

Gregor Gall has picked up on last week’s NDC speech by Dave Prentis in which he pledged a campaign leading to industrial action on the public sector pay freeze. Although Gall is wrong in his generalisation that pension contributions went up across the board in April (in LGPS there has been no increase), he is correct to identify 3 reasons why a fight on pay has more potency and unifying potential than pensions – its immediacy, its equal impact on all workers’ living standards and the recurring nature of pay bargaining: