A damning study by the TUC shows paramedics have seen their annual pay cut by £6,140 since 2010 as 999 workers descend on Parliament. Hero ambulance workers are revealed today as the hardest-hit of any major public sector group by the Tories’ brutal attack on pay. NHS dieticians have also suffered a similar hit, with prisons officers close behind with a brutal £5,731 cut. Firefighters have lost £4770 and teachers £4,473 since the austerity began in 2010, the trade union chiefs found.
The figures are revealed in a damning new report by the TUC comparing pay rates with the rise in RPI inflation – seen by many experts as the real cost of living. A post-election poll by the TUC showed that 76% of voters want to give public sector workers a pay rise – including 68% of Conservative voters. TUC reps will descend on Parliament today to present a petition with more than 30,000 signatures demanding an end to the cruel pay freeze.