Public sector workers are £2,245 worse off as a result of the coalition’s austerity policies, according to the Trades Union Congress.
NHS staff, teachers, firefighters and local government workers are among those that have lost out following pay freezes and limited pay rises since the government took office, the TUC said.
Perhaps the public sector was overpaid before? And that thus a reduction in their wages compared to the private sector was due?
Average pay in the public sector is certainly higher than it is in the private. To which the usual response is that the public sector has, on average, higher qualifications so such higher pay is justified (note that this argument is, for some reason, not acceptable for use when discussing the gender pay gap).
Fair enough we might say. Now add in the massively larger pensions accruals (and pensions are only deferred pay) and the hugely greater job security (yes, this is a component of wages) and public sector pay is, even correcting for formal qualifications, very much higher than private sector.
So, public sector pay has been falling? Good.