Commenting on the latest unemployment and earnings figures, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
"Demand for public services continues to rise, but these figures confirm that the workforce is still being cut."
"Services are being starved of funds and staff shortages mean nurses, paramedics, teaching assistants and council employees are having to work even harder, but for less money".
"Public sector workers have not had a proper pay rise since 2011. It is no wonder they feel so undervalued. The public sector pay cap must go"