Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

Regional Pay Debate in Parliament

Rachel Reeves will lead Labour’s opposition day debate tomorrow opposing government plans to move to localised pay bargaining in the public sector. She said:

"We have consistently opposed the Government's plans to undermine the pay review bodies by shifting wholesale to regional and local bargaining in the public sector. The national pay review bodies have been an effective way of keeping a tight control of costs while allowing for regional and local variation consistent with the need to recruit, retain and motivate staff in every part of the UK.

"George Osborne has been very clear that he wants to move to localised pay bargaining - despite the evidence that it will prove costly to the public purse and exacerbate regional inequalities. If the Government really is thinking again it would be welcome, but some Conservative MPs are urging the Treasury to press ahead.

"MPs, from all parties and every part of the country, who oppose these plans should vote for our motion and force another u-turn from this increasingly embattled Chancellor."

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