Tell the government – we all deserve a pay rise
Like fellow trade union members everywhere, PCS members have watched with dismay as the government’s cynical divide-and-rule approach to the public sector pay cap has evolved.
Hopes were raised and then dashed as it has emerged that only certain groups – our colleagues in the police and prison service – would see an easing of the cruel austerity 1% lock-down on pay.
Then they were dashed again, as the pathetically low pay offers emerged – nowhere near accounting for the 3.9% inflation rate, or making up for the huge loss of earnings suffered in the last seven years. Even though the Scottish Government has said it will end the pay cap next year for its own workers, ministers haven’t said how they will fund it or how much people can expect.
In real terms, pay is still being cut.
And, in a final bitter twist, it was revealed that money would be snatched from already stretched departmental budgets to pay for the derisory increases.
But this is no time for despair – it is time for action.
The 1% civil service pay cap, the removal of salary progression, increased pension scheme and National Insurance contributions have all combined to create a perfect storm.
Unions are coming together as one to fight a coordinated campaign for a properly-funded, decent pay rise for everyone. Because we all deserve a pay rise. PCS, along with a number of public sector unions, is demanding a rise of 5% or £1200, whichever is the greater, for all.
Some PCS members report that by the end of each month they face difficult choices between paying bills and putting food on the table. 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?
Email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will organise, we will mobilise and we will win.
PCS is organising a range of activities for members to get involved in the campaign including payday protests, in every civil service workplace on 29 September.
PCS members at the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Revenue and Customs have already held lunchtime payday protests against the imposition of the 1% pay cap on 31 August.
PCS is holding a consultative ballot on pay, from 9 October to 6 November, in advance of the budget on 22 November to ask what action you would support, including industrial action, to break the pay cap.
We will also support a joint union pay demonstration and parliamentary lobby in London on 17 October.
We are ready to fight for decent pay for all public sector workers, because we need to scrap the cap – now.
As a PCS member you can be proud to be a part of that fight.
Get involved in the pay campaign
- Attend pay meetings near you and tell your colleagues about our campaign
- Become a PCS member and if you're already a member ask colleagues to join
- Get more involved with PCS by becoming an advocate.
- Read the timeline of our pay campaign.