PCS pay campaign

It's time to pay up

The 1% civil service pay cap, the removal of salary progression, increased pension scheme and National Insurance contributions – these have all combined to create a perfect storm.

Many civil servants are struggling to make ends meet – it’s clear that PCS members need and deserve a better pay deal.

That is why the union's pay campaign is fighting for a rise of more than 1%.

Our general secretary Mark Serwotka has written to prime minister Theresa May to urge her to bring an immediate end to the pay cap.

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Expert research from the University of Surrey, commissioned by PCS, has uncovered the true facts and figures behind the 1% pay cap and its real impact on civil service pay.

The research shows that between 2010 and 2016 the value of earnings in the civil service has fallen further than the value of pay in the rest of the public sector, and in the economy as a whole.

PCS believes these findings make a powerful case for the government to reconsider their civil service pay policy and lift the 1% cap.

The PCS Pay Campaign – What’s the plan?

As part of the union’s powerful pay campaign. We have:

  • presented irrefutable evidence of the damaging effects of civil service pay policy to the Treasury and Cabinet Office, arguing that the 1% pay cap be lifted
  • made the case that the 2017 Treasury Pay Remit should enable civil service employers to start to restore the value of pay, by enabling them to negotiate increases in civil service pay above the rate of inflation
  • drawn up a national, model pay claim which calls for a pay rise of 5% or £1,200, whichever is greater
  • gathered information on pay issues and pay bargaining in each PCS group
  • developed an effective workplace-focused campaign
  • engaged with other unions through the TUC and TUCG to discuss possible effective, coordinated action.

Please get involved

Some PCS members report that by the end of each month they face difficult choices between paying bills and putting food on the table. Please let us know:

  • What have you have had to do to make ends meet?
  • If yours is a ‘just about managing’ family, what does that mean in reality?
  • What would an inflation-busting pay rise mean for you?

Please email your stories to editor@pcs.org.uk

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