Responding to the interim report of the Hutton Review of Fair Pay in the Public Sector, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union, said:
"Will Hutton raises a number of important points around pay in the public sector, including the importance of fair pay for all and the widening pay gap between the top earners and those on average levels.
"However, the report is a wasted opportunity to address the scandalous pay inequality which is allowed to run rampant in the private sector.
"While hard working public sector workers have to suffer a barrage of reports criticising their modest pay levels, private firms are subjected to far less scrutiny, regulation and transparency.
"This report acknowledges that 'further autonomy risks fuelling greater senior pay inflation' but the destructive policies of the Coalition Government, designed to hand control of public services to private sector firms, will only fuel further pay inequality and devastate a public sector which delivers essential services to those most in need."
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