Regional Pay

Part of Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:34 pm on 20th June 2012.

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Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss Conservative, South West Norfolk 4:34 pm, 20th June 2012

In the 1990s, Sweden moved from national pay scales to individual contracts. That was supported by the unions and resulted in a rise in some salaries for jobs where there was a shortage of workers—for example, kindergarten teachers—and it has been very successful. Is it not the case that other countries are moving to more competitive labour markets while we are moving backwards, as we did under the previous Government?