According to a new report, public services are facing a “mass exodus” of workers as increasing numbers of people leave their jobs without pay.
The TUC said a survey of 1,400 public sector workers found that one in three have already taken steps to leave their profession or are actively considering doing so.
The union organization said its research suggested around 1.8 million public sector workers were seriously considering quitting their jobs.
The TUC has warned ministers that public services face a ‘mass exodus’ of key workers unless they offer ‘decent pay rises’.
Below-inflation wage increases announced by the government this summer sparked a series of strike votes by health and education unions.
The TUC said key NHS workers are facing another year of “wage misery” after more than a decade of their wages being held down by successive Tory governments.
The TUC says this year’s pay awards come on top of a “brutal” decade of pay cuts for key public sector workers.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Key public sector workers have helped the country through the pandemic, but many are now at breaking point due to a toxic mix of low pay, unsustainable workloads and a serious lack of recognition.
“After years of brutal pay cuts, nurses, teachers, garbage collectors and millions of other public servants have seen their standard of living decimated – and now face more wage misery.
“It’s no wonder morale is at an all-time low and many key workers are considering quitting their jobs for good.
“If there is a large-scale strike in the public sector in the coming months, the government has only itself to blame.
“They chose to keep civil servant salaries low while giving bankers unlimited bonuses.
“Ministers must change course. Without decent pay rises for key workers in the public sector, we face a mass exodus of staff.
“With the country on the brink of recession, the last thing we need is for workers to cut their spending even further.
“More money in workers’ pockets means more spending on our main streets.
“It is time to give our key workers in the public sector the decent pay rise they are due.”