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Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) response to public sector pay warning

CSP press release published on 6 July 2009

Responding to the speculation surrounding possible health service pay freezes resulting from Alistair Darling’s commitment to tackling public sector debt, Peter Finch, Assistant Director of Employment Relations and Union Services at the CSP, said:

"The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy recognises the problems we all face from the current economic recession, but we do not believe that a public sector pay freeze is the answer.

"The CSP is deeply concerned by the idea put forward by the Chief Executive of the Audit Commission, Steve Bundred, that public sector workers would tolerate some real reduction in earnings, when most are currently managing on relatively moderate or low incomes.

"Pay levels for CSP members working on the frontline of the NHS are determined by the Pay Review Body, an independent body that makes recommendations on the basis of evidence received from unions, Government and employers – and this is how it should stay.

"We understand that Alistair Darling will be setting out his thoughts on public pay policy over the next few weeks, and we trust that there will be early discussion with the CSP and other unions before any final announcement is made." Ends

Notes to editors

  1. For further information please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111. Out of hours please call Jennie Edmondson, CSP head of press and PR, on 07786 332197 or Becky Darke, CSP media relations officer, on 07900 160349.
  2. 2. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 48,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.


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