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Rishi Sunak Reveals Exact Wage Rises For One Million Public Sector Workers, Including Teachers And Police

Sunak emphasized that these wage hikes will not contribute to inflation since they will be financed through existing budgets, alongside a substantial increase in the surcharge paid by legal migrants upon their arrival in the UK.

In a significant announcement, Rishi Sunak has confirmed that over one million public sector workers will receive wage increases of 5% or more starting in April.

The funding for these raises will be sourced from existing Whitehall budgets and will not rely on tax hikes or borrowing.

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The Prime Minister has accepted all the recommendations from the independent pay review body regarding public sector wages.

Sunak emphasized that these wage hikes will not contribute to inflation since they will be financed through existing budgets, alongside a substantial increase in the surcharge paid by legal migrants upon their arrival in the UK.

As of April, police personnel will benefit from a 7% salary uplift, while teachers will see their wages rise by 6.5%. Doctors will receive a 6% pay increase along with a £1,250 bonus. Additionally, armed forces personnel will enjoy a 5% wage hike.

During a press conference at Downing Street, Rishi Sunak issued a stern warning to union leaders, urging them to accept these pay offers and halt any planned strikes. He made it clear that there will be no further negotiations on pay for this year and that strikes will not alter the government’s decision.

The government has achieved a significant victory as all four education unions have endorsed the 6.5% wage increase for teachers.

As a result, crippling school strikes that were planned for September have been called off, and the pay deal will now be presented to members of the NEU, ASCL, NAHT, and NASUWT.

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In a joint statement, Rishi Sunak, Education Secretary Gillian Keegan, and teacher union chiefs expressed their satisfaction with the outcome, highlighting that the 6.5% raise for teachers and school leaders is the largest ever recommendation from the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB).

They acknowledged the crucial role played by teachers in the country and affirmed that this wage increase ensures that teaching remains an attractive profession.

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