Pay plan is a turn-off

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GOVERNMENT plans for postcode pay in the public sector are unfair and would be bad for NHS patients and schoolchildren in poorer areas, says the TUC.

Under the plans, teachers, nurses and other public sector workers who live and work in less prosperous parts of the UK would be paid less than colleagues working in wealthier areas.

Almost two-thirds of voters quizzed on the proposals by the TUC thought such a move would be unfair, with just 26 per cent believing it would be fair.

Northern TUC Regional Secretary Kevin Rowan said: “George Osborne’s proposals to introduce regional and local pay in the public sector are destructive, divisive and without justification.

“Today’s opinion poll shows the public fully recognise the potential damage these proposals could inflict on the North East’s public services and economy.”