Tory criticised for 'age of excess' comment on nurse pay

Union Unison has criticised Conservative shadow chancellor George Osborne over his comment on public sector pay that the 'age of excess' was over.

Mr Osborne told the BBC: ‘The age of excess is over and we need an age of restraint and responsibility.’

However, Unison’s head of health Karen Jennings said: ‘Nurses, paramedics, occupational therapists, midwives, hospital cleaners and cooks – the whole family of health workers will be outraged at George Osborne’s suggestion that they have enjoyed an ‘age of excess’.

‘Health workers do not need to be told by the Tories that ‘we need an age of restraint and responsibility’ it goes with the job.
‘Health workers accepted a three-year pay deal in good faith. Even today this year’s increase of 2.54% falls below the CPI of 3.2%. We are all paying more for everyday essentials such as food, fuel, gas and electricity.

‘Why don’t the Tories turn their firepower on their friends in the City, the bankers and the greedy speculators who have got the country into the financial difficulties that we are all paying for – including public sector workers. It’s time the Tories told them – the party is over.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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