Call to scrap local pay proposal

File photo dated 21/6/2011 of Unison General Secretary Dave Prentis. The leading union will turn up the heat on the Government's public sector pay policy today by smashing up a giant block of ice in the shape of a pound sign amid warnings of fresh strikes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday June 19, 2012. Unison will open its national conference with a fresh attack against wage freezes and caps for council, health and other public sector workers. See PA story INDUSTRY Unison. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
File photo dated 21/6/2011 of Unison General Secretary Dave Prentis. The leading union will turn up the heat on the Government's public sector pay policy today by smashing up a giant block of ice in the shape of a pound sign amid warnings of fresh strikes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday June 19, 2012. Unison will open its national conference with a fresh attack against wage freezes and caps for council, health and other public sector workers. See PA story INDUSTRY Unison. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

UNION leaders are targeting Fylde MPs as part of a campaign against regional pay in the public sector.

Local government workers union Unison is urging coalition MPs from across the North West to put pressure on the Government to scrap local pay bargaining.

They believe the move would drive down public sector wages and damage local economies.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis (above) said: “Public sector workers in the North West are being hit from all sides by this Government.

“They have had their pay frozen, jobs and services are being axed and now they are being threatened with losing more pay, when many are struggling just to make ends meet.

“The only reason the Government is considering introducing regional pay to the area is to drive down wages.

“The impact would be extremely damaging for recruitment and retention, as well as depressing economies in poorer and rural areas of the North West even further.”

Chancellor George Osborne has said local factors, such as the cost of living and private sector pay rates, should be taken into account in future when awarding salaries.