The seven-year public sector pay cap is to be scrapped from next year, with ministers given “flexibility” to breach the long-standing limit of 1% on rises.
The announcement came as Downing Street unveiled a 1.7% hike for prison officers and improvements totalling 2% in police pay for 2017/18.
The end of the ceiling on public sector rises came after massive pressure from unions and Labour.
Next week a notice of motion will be raised by Sunderland councillors recognising public sector pay has fallen by 21% since 2010 in real terms and that employees have seen a crippling reduction in their standard of living.
It said the council wants to see and immediate end to the pay restraint and the Government to fund National Joint Council pay claim.
Nationally, unions made clear in their…
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