The overwhelming response was that our members are angry about pay, feel that we deserve more and understand that the decision to maintain the 1% pay cap in the civil service, at a time when other parts of the public sector are relaxing it, lies with government, but that the decision not to even ask for more, and to maintain the status quo, is one that DWP had taken. This is just wrong, and PCS has made sure that DWP understands the anger that exists.
There is now a greater understanding among members of the anti-trade union legislation and the need to get at least 50% of our members to vote in any national ballot that PCS runs on pay. It is therefore right that DWP members play a big part in the national pay campaign during 2019, and that all our efforts are focused on putting pressure on the Treasury to break the cap and give our members the pay rise that they deserve.
At a time when the Scottish Government can guarantee all staff earning less than 36k a minimum 3% increase, this wobbly government, still under Theresa May as I write, must be urged to do more for its own staff.
I hope that you enjoy reading about the many campaigns that your GEC is involved in and that over the festive period, you get to enjoy a well-deserved rest with friends and family.
Here’s to a healthy and happy 2019.