The Ministry of Justice has told PCS it plans to keep the meagre 1% pay cap for another 12 months. We are asking you and all members in the department to join lunchtime protests on 31 August to urge management to think again.
PCS is stepping up our pay campaign following protests by PCS members in HMRC on 31 July, when their cap was imposed, and we are asking you to show your disgust at the department's plans to continue the pay cap on 31 August, alongside members in the Home Office, whose cap is imposed on that day, and those in HMRC whose pay was capped last month.
More protests, involving members from more departments, will take place in the run-up to the budget in November and we are holding a consultative pay ballot in the autumn to ask members what action they would support, including industrial action, to break the cap.
End the payday pain
Your pay has fallen 17% behind inflation over the last 10 years, and many members are struggling desperately to get by, pay bills and feed families.
PCS continues to campaign for the cap to be lifted and all members to be given a rise of 5% or an increase of £1200, to start rectifying years of politically-driven pay restraint.
This government is weak and divided - particularly around the issue of public sector pay – so this is a great opportunity to show your support through public protests and finally get the pay cap lifted.
Contact your local rep or regional centre to find out what is going on in your workplace on 31 August.
We can win
Our fantastic victory over the government’s cuts to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme showed the strength of PCS as a campaigning trade union.
We need as many people as possible to join these protests, to keep up the pressure on the government to pay up and scrap the cap.
What you can do:
- Join your local payday protest on 31 August
- Make sure you attend any local PCS members’ meeting on pay
- Download and print out the 31 August photo opp card, either in English or Welsh
- Send us your experience of the pay cap and tell us what lifting it would mean to you - email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get involved in union activity
- Sign up to the PCS Fighting Fund, so we can support members taking sustained targeted industrial action.
All PCS members in MOJ should:
- Send and share the digital letter to lord chancellor and secretary of state for justice David Lidington, urging him to call on the Treasury to lift the cap.