The Independent – PM accused of ‘race to the bottom’ on pay deals

PM accused of ‘race to the bottom’ on pay deals - that's the Independent's headline.

The Independent – PM accused of ‘race to the bottom’ on pay deals

Unions today accused Boris Johnson of pursuing a “race to the bottom” on pay, as the prime minister set the scene for months of confrontation with striking workers.

As millions of train passengers faced disruption from the largest rail strike since the 1980s, Mr Johnson said the country must be ready to “stay the course” to head off public sector pay hikes which would plunge the UK into an inflationary spiral.

But TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady told The Independent that the government’s approach will cause “widespread hardship” among working families and damage the economy by suppressing consumer demand.

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Nine in 10 people hit by rising living costs as fuel, food and energy prices surge

The Independent says MORE than nine in 10 people have seen their living costs rise over the past month, as the price of food, fuel and energy continues to surge, pushing inflation to its highest level in four decades.

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