Council pay freeze anger

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STAFF at Sheffield Council are facing a pay freeze for the third year running, angering trade unions.

Jon Mordecai, Sheffield chairman of Unison, said members have been left ‘really annoyed’ by the proposed pay freeze, which the council says will save £5 million.

Mr Mordecai said: “People are saying they are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.

“Inflation hasn’t frozen, the cost of living has gone up in a variety of ways and that is putting pressure on our members who have families.”

Julie Toner, Sheffield Council’s director of human resources, said: “We are under no illusion that the challenges ahead for the budget are tough and as a responsible organisation we have to consider all the ways we can to make further savings.”

The council said the freeze would protect jobs and services from cuts.

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