Thurrock Labour Leader backs public sector workers in spat with Conservative MP
COUNCILLOR Oliver Gerrish, Leader of Thurrock Labour Group, has spoken out to support the campaign to end the public sector pay cap after a row between Unison and Thurrock’s Conservative MP Jackie Doyle-Price who recently voted against ending the public sector pay cap.
Cllr Gerrish said “It is disgraceful that out of touch Conservative MPs in Westminster refuse to support Unison’s campaign for an end to the public sector pay cap.
“Many hardworking residents in Thurrock are struggling to get by due to the Tory decision to freeze or restrain public sector pay below inflation for year after year.
“Public sector workers work incredibly hard, performing essential jobs that we all rely on. It is absurd that Conservative MPs like Jackie Doyle-Price claim that we cannot afford fair pay for dedicated nurses, teachers, and firefighters whilst at the same time voting for massive tax cuts for the richest members of society.
“We believe that it’s time for the pay cap to be scrapped and for fair pay awards that match rising prices.”
Thurrock Labour are supporting UNISON’s Pay Up Now campaign against the pay cap and will be joining them in Grays High Street on October 7th to raise awareness of the issue.