Public servants demand pay boost after government’s failure to reinstate minimum wage
The prime minister, Theresa May, and the chancellor, George Osborne, held talks on Friday with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in order to secure a higher payment for frontline workers in the UK’s health service, despite concerns that a deal between the two would mean even more of their pay would be reduced.
Minutes from the meeting showed a renewed effort to keep wages up, although there appeared to be no sign of significant progress towards a new minimum wage.
Tillerson and May also spoke about „re-energising a process that has shown considerable weakness“ in the UK’s public sector, and shared „the commitment“ in the talks to reinstate „the hard-won pay rise agreed in 2014“.
However, an earlier meeting between the two in July and August – at which the prime minister and Osborne appeared to agree on a fu바카라rther „framework“ agreement on minimum wage – had been called off in the face of the US strike that the government was losing patience with.
The talks that ended on Friday were held under the auspices of a new UK health service pay freeze imposed as part of a package of measures to deal with the pay squeeze that has crippled the NHS in recent years.
May had also asked that the new pay deal for frontline staff, introduced last July, be extended, in line with those being proposed in the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and the environment secretary, Michael Gove, but더킹카지노 to the same extent that they already applied to other top jobs. The offer was due to be made to frontline staff on 22 July.
While there was a strong desire 바카라from the two cabinet ministers to come to an agreement, it also emerged that May did not want any part of a new deal. She said, after the meeting, that the UK had „no agreement“ regarding the new minimum wage.
But after the announcement of an agreement, May’s spokesman said: „No agreement has been reached and we are continuing to hold talks.“
The negotiations continued on Friday.
A senior Labour source told the Guardian on Friday that May was not convinced that a deal had been reached, although the prime minister appeared unconvinced on Friday by the comments of a senior Labour source that she would agree to an agreement.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Work and Pensions said the department „will continue to pursue a new agreement for frontline workers“. The spokesperson added: „The governmen