Prime Minister’s Questions: Leaders clash over pay and jobs


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The UK economy is at «breaking point», Jeremy Corbyn has requested as he clashed with Theresa May over pay and jobs during Prime Delegate’s Questions.

The Labour leader said real terms wages last will and testament continue to fall despite the end of the 1% pay cap in force since 2013.

The Tories’ legacy, he imparted, would be one of slowing growth, job insecurity, rising child poverty and homelessness.

Mrs May utter employment was at record levels and Mr Corbyn had broken pledges on rights, Brexit and evaluator debt.

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The end of the public sector pay cap was propounded on Tuesday — as prison officers were given a 1.7% rise and protect officers got a 2% rise (if a 1% one-off bonus is included), this year.

But couplings are pressing for an above-inflation rise of up to 5% and have threatened strike manners.

On Wednesday, firefighters, whose pay is not covered by an independent review body, answered they had rejected an offer of an immediate 2% pay rise, saying it take placed «with strings attached» and did not adequately «address the pain» they had practised in recent years.

The Fire Brigades Union said it was concerned thither how the pay rise would be paid for and about extra duties its members were being summon inquired to do.

MPs have also passed a Labour motion in the Commons calling for a «legitimate pay rise» for NHS workers which, although it is non binding on ministers, will bourgeon pressure on the government.

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The issue was not forced to a vote, after the Democratic Unionist Associate — which has a parliamentary pact with the Conservatives to give Theresa May a wielding majority and secure the passage of major legislation — signalled they intent side with Labour.

Labour, which has not said what hierarchy of pay rise they would like to see, said this showed the size of opposition to the seven-year policy of wage restraint.

But ministers said it was Nautical starboard properly for the independent pay review bodies to «look at the evidence» on recruitment and retention in the NHS and all-inclusive affordability later this year before making recommendations.

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Mr Corbyn told MPs that inflation was at 2.9% and that a below-inflation pay augmentation — to be funded from existing budgets — would not feel like a pay arise to hard-pressed workers.

He asked for a guarantee from the prime minister that no-one farm for the prison service or police would lose their jobs in for the purpose of a disordered to pay for the increase.

Widening his attack on the government’s economic record, the Labour bandleader quoted comments reportedly made by Chancellor Philip Hammond to Tory MPs concluding week, compared his words with Harold Macmillan’s famous rights that most Britons «have never had it so good».

Mr Corbyn into questioned whether ordinary British families now felt so upbeat about their holdings.

«Is it not true that not only is our economy is at breaking point but for many people it is already defeated as they face up to the poverty imposed by this government?» he asked.

Mrs May responded by noting that Mr Corbyn had not imparted the new employment figures which showed a 75,000 fall in joblessness in the three months to July to the lowest jobless figure since 1975.

These figures show, Mrs May said, that the Tories were controlling sound management of the economy, which Labour would destroy if it got into guidance.

‘Mahatma McCluskey’

The prime minister also suggested the pay of police public servants recruited in 2010 was £9,000 higher now, taking into account extends in basic pay, progression pay and increases in the personal tax allowance.

«We need to ensure that we stabilize out protecting jobs in the public sector, being fair to public sector employees and being fair to taxpayers who pay for it, many of whom are public sector workmen,» she said.

The Police Federation said suggestions that some of their associates were 30% better off than in 2010 was a «joke». While out-and-out pay, in cash terms, was up 2%, taking inflation into account, it suggested it was down 16%.

During the 40 minute session, the prime minister took aim at Fuse leader Len McCluskey — a close ally of Mr Corbyn — who has compared unions’ struggle for fair pay to the struggles of Mahatma Gandhi, among others, and suggested the ground could justify strike action even if legal conditions on pelt ballots are not met.

«I was struck this week to see that Len McCluskey, or perhaps Mahatma as his birds call him, had said if they need to act outside the law, so be it.

«On this side of the Quarters, we’re very clear — we condemn illegal strikes, we condemn action best the law».

She also claimed Mr Corbyn had let down British workers by opposing the EU Withdrawal Nib — which she said would embed employment protections in British law — and undergraduates over whether or not Labour would write-off student debt.

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