For the Department forTransport and its Agencies, pay talks commenced on 26 July.
Whilst we recognise that the PCS national ballot result will be disappointing to many of our members within Highways England it is important to recognise that it doesn't weaken our bargaining strength. The resounding 85% of members that voted and indicated that they were willing to take action gives us a strong mandate to continue pay negotiations with the employer with a view to achieving an acceptable offer.
At the end of last week, the Treasury issued pay guidance for this year’s pay award. This was immediately followed by all three civil service unions (PCS, Prospect and FDA) demanding its withdrawal, in an emergency meeting with Cabinet Office officials.
Following the resounding rejection from PCS members in the ballot on the pay and grading offer, Highways England has confirmed that the proposal will be withdrawn.
PCS victory in securing a pay offer for TM1 members that smashes the 1% public sector pay cap