We all deserve a pay rise, is the message PCS is taking to a TUC rally and lobby in Westminster on 17 October, as part of our campaign to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and achieve fully funded and above inflation pay rises for all public sector workers.
Thousands of people are expected at the rally in Parliament Square from 6.30-8pm to demand an end to the unfair real-terms pay cuts for public service workers, speakers include Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka.
Before the rally, if you have live in a marginal Tory seat - MPs with a majority of less than 2,000 votes - we want you to join the lobby of your MP from 2–6 pm.
Some of these MPs have already indicated that the public sector pay freeze is not sustainable. The government needs every single one of these MPs to carry on with its pay policies. The 27 MPs in the places with small majorities have no choice but to listen and respond to their constituents or literally risk losing their job.
This lobby on 17 October could put critical pressure on these MPs and break the government’s pay policies, but it is lobby is just one part of the unions pay campaign, get involved in it and join the lobby. If you can attend the lobby, all travel will be reimbursed by PCS.
For more details get in touch with your PCS regional office, they will have details of the MPs we are focussing on, and guidance on lobbying. You will not be on your own at the lobby – your PCS regional secretary will be with you.
Contact PCS midlands regional secretary Andrew Lloyd who is coordinating the PCS lobby of MPs.
Attend the joint union London march
A significant number of unions across London, including the Southern and Eastern TUC, have organised a march that will feed into the TUC rally. The march will assemble opposite Downing Street at 5:30pm and will be addressed by speakers from campaigns including the McDonald’s and Picturehouse strikers.
Assembly Point: Opposite Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA (nearest tube stations are Embankment, St James’s Park or Westminster).
Time: 5:30pm. There will be speakers from current pay disputes including a McDonald’s worker before the march sets off at 6pm.
Route: Via the Department of Health, the Treasury and the Department for Education. The march will then feed into the TUC rally in Parliament Square at 6:45pm which will be addressed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka.
What you can do:
- Attend the London, joint union demonstration and rally on 17 October and encourage your workmates to come along
- Tell the chancellor how the pay cap has affected you using our pay calculator
- Vote yes in the PCS consultative ballot from 9 October - 6 November.
- Join Mark Serwotka’s Facebook Live event on pay at 7pm on 11 October.
- Get involved in our programme of pay activities to “scrap the pay cap”.
- Ask a workmate to join our union.
- Consider making a regular, £2 a month to the PCS Fighting Fund.