Members urged to sign petition and share link on social media
Launched on Monday, the PCS petition outlined that during the pandemic government workers have delivered vital public services and kept our country safe and secure. After 10 years in which the real value of civil service pay has fallen, many face hardship. That’s why we are calling on the government to restore the real value of government workers’ pay with a 10% increase in 2020.
We have already reached over 23,000 signatures meaning the government must now respond to our petition.
It was announced yesterday that 900,000 public sector workers are getting an above-inflation pay rise this year, albeit funded from existing budgets, but not key government workers including those in DWP. PCS President Fran Heathcote commented “We delivered during the pandemic and we deserve fair pay. But we were told we must negotiate department by department and many of us may get just 2.5%”.
“Over the last 10 years our pay has fallen in value further and farther than in the private sector and in the rest of the public sector, it’s really time we caught up. We’ve delivered and we deserve fair pay.”
Our members in DWP have continued to deliver vital services to the public throughout this crisis. The majority of members have remained in the workplace, putting themselves at risk, to deliver these services and deserve more than warm words from politicians.
Keep signing and sharing
To pass 10,000 signatures in such a short time shows that many people feel the government should act now to address years of below-inflation pay increases. But meeting our next goal of 100,000 signatures could force a parliamentary debate on the aims of the petition. So we need all members, reps, activists and supporters to keep signing and sharing so we pass that target as quickly as possible.
We’re asking PCS members do 5 things to be part of our campaign to force the government to deliver fair pay:
- Sign our petition, on the UK government and parliament petitions website.
- Share our petition on social media.
- Ask a work colleague to sign the petition. The more of us who sign it the stronger we are.
- Get involved in PCS, if you’re not already
- Ask non-members in your workplace to join PCS. The more of us who are in the union, the more chance we’ve got of being successful.