The TUC claims that essential workers are now thousands of pounds worse off than they were a decade ago

The TUC claims that essential workers are now thousands of pounds worse off than they were a decade ago

Nurses, care home personnel, and police officers working on Christmas Day will be thousands of pounds worse off than a decade ago, according to a TUC research.

The TUC said crucial workers required to keep Britain running on December 25 have seen real pay cutbacks since 2010.

Sergeants and constables have had the largest wage cuts, with inflation-adjusted pay down £5,595 per year. The report indicated that nurses had a £2,715 cut while local authority care workers had a £1,661 cut. According to the TUC, a cook would make £1,050 more this Christmas if pay kept pace with inflation.

Living standards are projected to be squeezed again next year. The Bank of England expects annual inflation to peak at around 6% in the spring. In the three months through October, earnings including bonuses rose 4.9% over the same time in 2020.

“Many of the critical workers bracing themselves for another spike of Covid cases are earning less in real terms than a decade ago,” said Frances O'Grady, TUC general secretary. That's wrong. While many of us are busy stuffing our faces with turkey, thousands of frontline workers will be coping with manpower shortages due to the Omicron variation. But, in a time of rising costs of living, their salary awards are woefully inadequate.

In 2022, the government should finally have wages rising across the UK, thanks to the pandemic. They may start by boosting the minimum wage to £10 an hour and giving our public servants a raise.

NMW is currently £8.91 and will increase to £9.50 in April.

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