Bill Esterson MP backs Parliamentary campaign to stop Sefton wor

Bill Esterson

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson this week added his name to a Parliamentary campaign opposing a further Tory-Lib Dem government attack on public sector workers' pay which will see workers in Sefton being paid less than their counterparts in the south.

The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in government plan to introduce regionalised pay for the public sector.

Plans, which were announced in George Osborne's budget in March, see the government introducing a pay structure which will see public sector workers here in Sefton paid less than someone in the south for doing the same job.

Bill Esterson said this was another attack on public sector workers in this region who have already seen their pay frozen.

Bill said: "This Tory-Lib Dem government is intent on attacking public sector workers here in the North West.

"Workers in the public sector have already seen their pay cut in real terms due to the government’s imposed pay freeze over the last two years.
We have also seen public sector jobs cut, job security vanish, living standards decline and public services weakened - all in the name of austerity which has now taken us back into recession.

"George Osborne, David Cameron and Nick Clegg's plans would mean different rates for people doing exactly the same jobs, just because of where they live. That’s not fair. And it will hit workers here in Sefton and the North West the hardest.

"Paying people less in Sefton will mean that it will be less attractive for staff to work here and more attractive elsewhere. That means Sefton residents may end up with poorer services as the best staff choose not work here. It will also hit the economy in Sefton as lower paid staff will have less to spend with businesses here. Regional pay would be a very short sighted move and would be an attack on everyone in Sefton."

Bill said regionalised pay would not only hurt public sector workers, but also the regional economy.

Bill said: "With around 680,000 public sector workers in the North West, regionalised pay would cause even more damage to our economy, hitting local employment opportunities and further weakening consumer confidence and consumer demand.

"Policies like this are the reason we are back in recession and why people here in Sefton are struggling to make ends meet.

"That is why I have to put my support behind Tony Lloyd's Early Day Motion to scrap what would be a harmful and economically damaging flawed policy.

"What with this and the government commissioning a report which recommends making it easier to fire workers, the Tories and Lib Dems really are showing their true colours."

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