UNISON leader Dave Prentis accused Tory ministers of “living in a parallel universe” yesterday following the Queen’s Speech.
Mr Prentis said that people wanted to hear the government guarantee investment in public services after years of austerity, yet “none of this” was mentioned in the Queen's Speech.
He also slammed the royal announcement for failing to address the issue of a “long overdue wage rise” for public-sector staff.
“Years of harsh spending cuts have caused huge damage to public services across the country,” he said.
“People have had enough of austerity and want proper investment in schools, hospitals, police forces and local services. Yet there was none of this in the Queen’s Speech.
“Nor was there anything about pay. Nurses, teaching assistants, council workers, police support staff and other public sector employees should be rewarded for their hard work with a long overdue wage rise.
“The pay cap has left them extremely hard up and must go.”