Consultation on PCS pay strategy for 2019

The national executive committee has agreed that there should be a major consultation exercise with branches, groups, equality forums and members on our civil service pay strategy for 2019. The NEC is proposing that our demands on pay in 2019 consist of:

  1. A cost of living pay increase for all workers in the civil service of 8-10% (figure to be finalised following the consultation) with a significant underpin.
  2. A Living Wage of £10 per hour nationally and £11.55 in London
  3. National bargaining on pay across the UK civil service.
  4. Equal pay and coherence of pay and terms and conditions across those areas.

If we do not receive a positive response from the Cabinet Office on our pay demands, the NEC proposes that we hold an industrial action ballot next March on the following basis:

  1. The scope of the ballot is the UK Civil Service (exact coverage to be finalised following the consultation).
  2. That bargaining areas with members outside that definition are consulted about whether they would wish to pursue separate disputes on the same campaign timetable.
  3. That the ballot will run from the beginning of March to finish by 10 April, 2019 (start date to be finalised following the consultation).

Industrial action, should it become necessary, would consist of national, all-member action and targeted action in areas in which we would have a disruptive impact on Civil Service management. Areas suitable for effective targeted industrial action will be identified before the start of the ballot.

A special NEC will take place in early February 2019 to consider the results of the consultation and take final decisions on the campaign.

Please read the consultation document and answer the questions on this form, sending your response by 25 January 2019 or email, or in writing to: General Secretary, PCS, 160 Falcon Road, London SW11 2LN.

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