We will be highlighting our campaign to break the 1% public sector pay cap and for the end of austerity at the Burston Strike School Rally in Norfolk on 3 September.
Our union is supporting the rally which celebrates the longest running strike in history – the Burston School Strike which began in 1914 and lasted 25 years.
7 years of Tory pay freezes and pay caps have reduced living standards for millions of workers. This has affected the public sector in the main, but many private sector employers followed the example set by central government. Millions have resorted to their credit cards and loans to make up the shortfall and consequently damaged the economy.
PCS estimates that if the 1% cap is maintained the real value of pay in the civil service will have reduced by 12% by 2020.
The choice for millions is stark, pay the bills or put food on the table. This is a return to the choices faced by workers at the time of the Burston Strike.
Join us at Burston and support our campaigns.
The day runs from 10.45am to 4pm and confirmed speakers include:
- Len McCluskey Unite general secretary,
- John McDonnell MP, shadow chancellor,
- Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, PCS head of campaigns,
- John Hendy QC,
- Megan Dobney SERTUC.
- Red Flags
- The John Ward Band.