Unison General secretary Dave Prentis has criticised recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics, claiming an 8% gap in the hourly pay of public and private sector workers. Mr Prentis said:
Don't let anyone be fooled into thinking that public sector workers are enjoying high wages. Millions of public service workers are being hit by the Government's pay freeze."
– Dave Prentis, Unison General Secretary
Local government workers are in the middle of a three-year freeze and even the lowest paid have not been given the £250 promised each year by George Osborne."