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To: Prime Minister, Theresa May MP

Theresa May: Stop cutting public servants' pay

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Mark Hunt, Firefighter

Theresa May and her government must abandon their policy of real terms pay cuts for public servants. Allow employers, unions and pay review bodies the freedom and independence to determine fair and appropriate pay awards.

Why is this important?

I'm a firefighter, based in Plymouth. Like my colleagues and everyone who works in the public sector, the government has been actively holding down my pay for 7 years.

That's 7 years in which our pay has risen by less than inflation - or not risen at all. But prices haven't stopped rising in that time, and inflation means my wages are worth over £2,000 less than they were when the coalition government started in 2010.

The General Election sent a very clear message to Theresa May that voters are concerned about the future of our public services and the value that we place on staff delivering those services. A recent poll showed more than three quarters of voters support a public sector pay rise, even if it means paying higher taxes (including 68% of Mrs May's own Conservative voters).

We work hard in the Fire Service and we care deeply about the job we do, helping keep people safe. It's an ethos shared by teachers, hospital staff, council workers, and the millions of others who make our public services work. It's why we went into public service in the first place.

But as year on year of pay cuts bite, more and more people are leaving public service. From hospitals, to schools and prisons, we're increasingly finding it hard to recruit and retain staff.

I believe all public servants deserve more than another five years of pay cuts. We know the public support us. We're calling on Mrs May to show leadership and stop this unfair policy now.


2017-07-18 09:28:58 +0100

On Sunday, the Chancellor Philip Hammond said public sector workers were overpaid.

This is my message for Philip:

2017-07-17 13:36:33 +0100

Thanks to everyone who's backed this petition. I took it to the Treasury today, to call on the Chancellor Philip Hammond to think again on public service pay. Here's why I'm so concerned about the effect it's having on public servants and our services:

2017-07-13 09:10:39 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2017-07-10 13:41:04 +0100

Boris Johnson has u-turned on his own rebellion on public sector pay. Last Monday he broke ranks with Theresa May. Sources said he supported a better pay deal for public sector workers, and “strongly believes the rises can be done in a responsible way and without causing fiscal pressures.”

But by Thursday, he'd switched into reverse. He even suggested that increasing public sector pay would be a “crazy splurge”. But the evidence simply doesn’t support the those claims. Not only is increasing the pay of public sector workers affordable, it’s good for the economy.

Here's why:

2017-07-07 08:32:40 +0100

We’re winning the argument! The cabinet is in open war over public sector pay and Theresa May can’t take the pressure.

Firefighters have been offered a pay deal that goes above the strict 1% limit. It’s the first crack in the unfair pay ceiling.

As the Fire Brigade’s Union has pointed out, this offer doesn’t go nearly far enough — and the government hasn’t committed more money to pay for it. May will have to do better if she’s going to make up for seven years of pay cuts.

But as FBU leader Matt Wrack says, the fact the offer was made shows that the policy is “dead in the water”.

We’ve got a real opportunity here. The government is disarray and the public is demanding change!

So let’s keep up the pressure on Theresa May, and make sure she ends the unfair pay squeeze on ALL our public servants. Please share this petition with friends and colleagues. Everyone we tell is another voice raised against this unfair policy.

2017-07-06 13:24:09 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2017-07-03 15:02:08 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2017-07-03 14:43:03 +0100

Will she, won’t she? Theresa May’s position on pay for public service workers has been all over the place last week.

With public service pay in the news at the moment, and politicians working behind the scenes, it's crucial we keep the pressure on to get a fair result for all public service workers. Please share the petition with your friends and colleagues - every one you tell is another voice against unfair pay cuts!

2017-07-01 18:55:03 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-07-01 11:37:36 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-07-01 09:23:48 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-07-01 09:13:55 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-07-01 09:10:17 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-07-01 08:57:16 +0100

10 signatures reached