First Minister Urged To Lift Public Sector Pay Cap Without Delay

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Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood has today issued strong condemnation of the First Minister of Wales for failing to lift the pay cap for public sector workers.

Her call comes as the First Minister of Scotland announced this week that the cap will be lifted in Scotland, while reports emerge that the UK Prime Minister is set to do the same in England

Leanne Wood said that it was almost as though the First Minister and his Labour administration were "willingly losing the fight against austerity and afraid to stand up against the Tories" by not doing enough to mitigate the impact of Westminster's cuts on Wales.

Party of Wales Leader Leanne Wood said:

"Wales is now set to lag behind Scotland and England, with the First Minister having refused to lift the pay cap for public sector workers here in Wales.

"Our nation has already paid too heavy a price for austerity. It is our poorest communities that have lost the most, that have seen services cut and amenities lost.

"Go to any number of deprived communities to see the impact of austerity on decaying town centres. This was happening while Labour MPs sat on their hands in Westminster and abstained, allowing Tory welfare policies to pass.

"The First Minister and Labour Welsh Government could have done much more to pressurise the UK Government to lift the public sector pay cap, yet they failed to do so. It's almost as though the First Minister and his Labour administration are willingly losing the fight against austerity. Wales has lost too much we need a government that will say "no more'.

"Now that reports are emerging that the cap will be lifted in England, Wales should be in line for a financial 'consequential' which should be used to give to our public sector workers a well-deserved pay rise.

"The impact of this injustice since a public sector pay freeze was introduced in 2010 is clear with a major survey of Welsh teachers this year showing one in three are ready to quit.

"Plaid Cymru has opposed austerity every step of the way and we will continue to.

"The very idea of our public services is under attack and I would urge everyone in Wales who wants strong public services that are able to look after all of us from cradle to grave to join us in our work against Tory cuts and Labour's failure to fight them."

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