Regional pay plan debate
THE controversial plan to pay public sector workers in the South West less than their counterparts in other regions will come under the spotlight this week.
MPs from all three main political parties will join a debate on regional pay in Plymouth on Friday.
The event, organised by South West Stakeholders and Equality South West (ESW), will be attended by MPs Oliver Colvile, Alison Seabeck and Stephen Gilbert. They will join speakers representing businesses and trade unions.
The Government is proposing that the pay of public servants in the South West should be set at a lower level, comparable to that in the private sector. But trade unions say a nurse in the city should be paid the same as a nurse elsewhere in the country and that lifting earnings in the Westcountry would aid the economy.
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Katie Pratt, the ESW chief executive, said: "This is a great chance to hear the case for – and against – the introduction of regional pay."
Tickets for the event, sponsored by the HR & Leadership group of Plymouth University Business School, cost £35 including lunch and are available by emailing email@example.com or calling 01823 240 260. The event is at Plymouth University between 12.30pm and 4.30pm on Friday.