The issue of public sector pay has been a thorn in the side of all governments in the 1970s. Indeed many would argue, instancing the 1974 coalminers strike, that it has been the downfall of some. Why has this issue proved to be so contentious during these years? In this book we have emphasised three reasons: first, the role that public sector pay has played in the general growth in public expenditure over this period; second, the relative improvement in pay levels in the public sector; and third, the increased militancy and resort to the use of sanctions on the part of public employees. All three have served to impress issues of public sector pay on the public mind. In these final pages we review the present procedures for determining the pay of public servants and suggest some ways in which they might be improved.
KeywordsPrivate Sector Public Sector Public Expenditure Public Employee Labour Shortage
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