Tory MP votes against giving public service workers a fair pay rise


Cheltenham's Tory MP doesn't think public sector workers deserve a fair pay rise.


Alex Chalk voted with the government to retain the public sector pay cap - consigning thousands of teachers, doctors, nurses, firefighters, armed forces personnel and GCHQ staff in the town to another year of a real terms pay cut.

 

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  • Liberal Democrat MPs opposed the government's programme and back a fair pay rise for public sector workers in line with the party's 2017 general election manifesto pledge.


The Tory party's insistence on another year of the cap will place further strain on the budgets of households across Cheltenham.


Local councillor Paul Baker said: "There are huge numbers of public sector workers here who deserve a pay increase.
We all recognise the need to spend taxpayers' money wisely, but it's unfair for public sector workers to be on the wrong side of things yet again."


Mr Chalk has remained silent on the issue since he voted with the government.


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