In his spending review last week, the chancellor announced further massive cuts to the public sector and the civil service on top of the £81bn which will be cut from public spending by 2014. We have already seen a two-year pay freeze and pay cap of 1% and increased pension contributions. More than 70,000 civil service jobs have been cut, the value of pensions reduced and terms and conditions threatened.
The government has refused to talk to us, and we are demanding real negotiations.
The new spending round will cut a further £11.5 billion in 2015/16 and include:
- Saving a further £5bn from central government
- Ending progression pay in civil service by 2016
- 1% cap on public sector pay continued until April 2016
- Budget cuts of 10% for justice, Defra, Treasury and Cabinet Office and Communities; 9.5% in DWP; 9% for transport; 8% in Foreign Office and department for energy…
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