Labour Research November 2016


Exit payments

The government’s cap on public sector exit payments will hit middle earners, not just the highly paid, public sector union UNISON has warned. 

Reacting to government plans to cap all public sector exit payments at £95,000, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government might claim its cap on redundancy payouts will only affect those at the top of the public sector, but the reality is that many middle-income earners — like nurses and librarians — will be hit hard. 

“Soon, staff who’ve given their working lives over to public service, and who are unfortunate enough to see their jobs go, will find themselves severely short-changed.”

He said that if the government was serious about saving money on exit payments, it should stop cutting jobs and outsourcing services to private firms.