Responding to the CBI's call for a two-year freeze, Unison/CPHVA general secretary Dave Prentis said: ‘Let's not forget, the public sector didn't cause this crisis, and it is wrong for the CBI to expect them to pick up the bill with pay cuts.
‘It also makes no sense to depress wages now. Hitting the spending power of public sector workers would drag down demand in our economy, just as it needs a boost to avoid a double-dip recession.
‘The CBI is wrong to hold up privatisation as the way to achieve bang for the taxpayers' buck. There are huge transaction costs associated with selling off services, which the public purse has to pay for.'