Branch Secretary :

Workers must not be swindled out of their pay and pensions

Sharon Graham: Workers must not pay for rising living costs with lower wages in 2022


As another report warns of punishing jumps in living costs for 2022, the leader of Unite the union warns that workers must not be swindled out of their pay and pensions.


Responding to the Resolution Foundation’s report out today, Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary, says that Unite will pursue wage deals that are in line with the real cost of living, rejecting the preferred measure of employers and government which always results in lower wages.


Wages must at least match tax and price rises


Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “With another gloomy forecast predicting a hefty hit to incomes in 2022, workers must earn wages that at least match tax and price rises.


Sharon Graham


“Unite will have no truck with the Bank of England’s call for wage restraint, especially when CEOs continue to bag eye-watering salary and benefit packages. Workers must not be the ones who pay the price of this pandemic.


“Our cost of living index will ensure that Unite will pursue and win wage deals that reflect the true cost of living, meeting rising prices head on. We have warned employers that we reject the undercutting CPI (Consumer Price Index) measure preferred by business and the government because it swindles workers out of pay and pensions.


“Decent wages are also core to our economic recovery. Workers spend locally, in high streets - if they cannot do this the country suffers so we have to get money out of the boardroom and into wage packets.


Determined to keep delivering


“Unite has been winning pay rises well above the real cost of living and we’re determined to keep delivering more in 2022.” 


Unite is dedicated to advancing the jobs, pay and conditions of its members and will fight back against any efforts to diminish workers' living standards.



RPI inflation currently stands at 7.1%. See here for Unite’s response.


Wednesday 29th December 2021


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