A new post-pandemic deal is needed for public services

UNISON has said that the government must recognise the dedication and commitment of workers who got us through the pandemic with a new deal for public services and its staff.

Speaking at the TUC earlier today, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said that the strain on the physical and mental health of public service staff and the economic repercussions will be felt for generations.

She warned that the government ‘needs to be reminded of this and told in no uncertain terms to listen to the voices of the workers who carried us all through this crisis’.

Andrea Egan, UNISON vice president, also told the conference that now is the time to invest in public services, stressing that ‘austerity has never worked before and it certainly won’t work now’.

Recent UNISON research has shown that councils in England, Wales and Scotland have been landed with huge budget deficits of almost £3 billion for the next financial year. On top of this, local government workers, despite all their sacrifice in the peaks of the pandemic, are now facing a pay cut, with an offer of 1.75 per cent far below inflation at 3.8 per cent.

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The Security Event is set to be the first major exhibition to take place in the sector when it opens its doors on 7-9 September 2021 at the NEC in Birmingham and for the first time it will also encompass the National Cyber Security Show.

digitech21 will seek to demystify the increasingly complex technology landscape and will showcase a host of public sector best practice case studies and the very best solution providers, each of whom are helping organisations to transform and improve the way in which the public sector delivers services to the citizen.

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