In her first vote in the House of Commons, Tonia Antoniazzi MP has voted for a Labour amendment to the Queen’s Speech, aimed at ending the public sector pay freeze – a real-terms pay cut. The amendment was narrowly defeated, with every Conservative MP voting for the pay cut for workers like teachers, nurses, and emergency services workers.
The Government had earlier in the day hinted to the press that they were willing to scrap the pay cut, before changing their mind once again, giving false hope to millions of workers.
The Conservative benches cheered and laughed as the result was announced.
“Cutting pay for emergency services workers is no laughing matter”.
Tonia said “I am shocked that despite finding over a billion pounds to keep Theresa May in a job, the Conservatives are not willing to pay public sector workers a penny more.
We have seen the heroic way our emergency services have been forced to act in the last few months. I don’t think anyone watching the vote will understand why they deserved to have their pay cut, or why Conservative MPs cheered and laughed when the result was announced. Cutting pay for emergency services workers is no laughing matter. This shows why Gower having a Labour MP representing it is important”.