Public sector workers overpaid, says Hammond

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Michael Gove and Boris Johnson the day after the Brexit result in 2016

"Cabinet meetings are supposed to be a private space when we are supposed to have serious discussions", Mr Hammond said.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has lashed out at Cabinet rivals who have been briefing against him, accusing them of trying to undermine his attempts to secure a Brexit deal which protected jobs and the economy.

Before the vote, Prime Minister Theresa May had made clear that her priority was cutting immigration, a major issue in last year's referendum vote to quit the bloc.

He added: "I don't know where the briefing is coming from but I know it should stop because our colleagues on the backbenches do not like it".

In particular, Boris Johnson has joined a list of prominent ministers demanding a rethink over the public sector pay cap, which now limits annual salary increases for the likes of nurses and firefighters to one per cent.

As The Canary previously reported, five sources [paywall] allege that Hammond said public sector workers are "overpaid".

"I'm not going to get into speculation of who said what where and when".

He made the comments amid the news that Chancellor Philip Hammond has come under fire after it was claimed that the he told Cabinet colleagues that public sector workers are "overpaid", after refusing to rethink the controversial 1% cap on wages for public sector workers.




Hammond brushed off remarks by foreign minister Boris Johnson that the European Union could "go whistle" for its money, saying this was a direct reference to claims that Britain may be asked to pay up to 100 billion euros ($112 billion).

The BBC interview comes amid suggestions that ministers are leaking details of cabinet meetings, as they seek to gain political influence following the general election and during the Brexit negotiations.

"She will be reminding them of their responsibilities and making the point that ministers across Government need to be focused on getting on with delivering for the British public", he said.

"On many fronts it would be helpful if my colleagues - all of us - focused on the job in hand".

According to The Sunday Times, Mr Hammond said public sector workers were "overpaid" when their pensions were taken into account and that train drivers were "ludicrously overpaid".

He has been accused of telling fellow ministers that public sector workers are "overpaid", and also allegedly suggested that driving trains were so easy even women could do it. "We have a very good, competent leader in Theresa May".

"They are waiting for more clarity about what the future relationship with Europe will look like", he said. "What is key is we have to strike the right balance between being fair in pay to public sector workers and fair to tax payers to ensure we still have a strong economy so we can employ and pay those public sector workers".

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