Boris Johnson says there is no point in giving workers an inflation-dampening pay rise

Boris Johnson dismissed calls for increases of more than 3% for public sector staff – despite rates rising at 9.1% annually and expected to reach 11%

Boris Johnson was grilled as he attended the G7 summit in Germany over wage increases for public sector workers
Boris Johnson was grilled as he attended the G7 summit in Germany over wage increases for public sector workers

Boris Johnson today claimed there was “no point” in giving workers inflation-dampening wage increases to ease the cost-of-living crisis.

The Prime Minister dismissed calls for increases of more than 3% for public sector staff – even as prices rise by 9.1% annually and are expected to reach 11%.

At the G7 summit in Bavaria, the Tory leader dashed hopes that committed employees could be spared a real pay cut.

Asked whether teachers, doctors and nurses should only get 3% pay rises, he told ITV News: “I will not comment on every offer or suggestion that the pay review bodies might make.

“But what I want to say to you is that at a time when an economy is experiencing inflationary pressures, there is no point in having pay rises that only lead to further price increases because that just negates the benefit.







Boris Johnson tries to overcome his domestic political problems on a diplomatic trip to Germany for the G7 summit
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“I know people will find this frustrating. but I have to be realistic with people about where we are.

“I think – I’m pretty sure – that over time our inflationary pressures will ease and things will improve.”

He insisted the government “make the sensible and responsible decisions to achieve the strongest possible economic recovery” from the coronavirus pandemic.

After a stay in Rwanda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Mr Johnson flew to Germany today for the crucial gathering of world leaders.

But his attempts to stabilize his premiership with a diplomatic blitz risk being derailed by mounting diplomatic troubles.

Tens of thousands of rail workers resigned last week in a major dispute over wages and working conditions, and a summer of discontent is feared as other unions consider going on strike.

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