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Public sector pay is big news this summer. In fact, contrary to what the weather forecasters might tell you, it could be a decidedly warm one. It doesn’t take a lot to work out why either. Public sector workers are being made to pay for the New Labour meltdown. Pay restraint is intimately tied into the government’s finances and that means dinner ladies and civil servants footing the bill not only for the ongoing occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan but also for the black hole in public spending courtesy of the ex board members of Northern Rock. Alistair Darling’s plea that the need to keep inflation under control "applies to each and every one of us" will ring hollow in the ears of the civil servants and other workers on the minimum wage or a marginally better pittance.