EFRA group

The Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) group is made up of PCS members in the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs.

PCS Pay Campaign in Defra Pay Area and Natural England

Efra GEC believes it is vital that we get a YES YES vote in Indicative ballots running in both Defra Pay area and Natural England

This is the only way we will get the department to properly address the pay issues that are effecting members across the department, agencies and NDPBs and to ensure we receive a pay rise we deserve, and not the small amounts we have seen for almost 10 years.

  • Neither Defra nor NE put in business cases for more money this year despite recognising pay is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.
  • Other areas can deliver 6% increases in the pay bill for their staff to get staff off the minimums.  
  • Both Defra and NE have talked about business cases next year, but are now talking about changes to terms and conditions which may be used to fund extra money for pay.
  • Voting YES YES clearly shows to management that they need to properly engage with the unions and fight for better pay for all staff. 

The news section will be updated with regular pay updates and already has circulars on the offers.

Next steps

The GEC has agreed that it will be rejecting the pay offer and moving forward with an indicative ballot for further action.   That indicative ballot launched on 30 October and will run until 18 November.  It has been sent to personal emails.

There will be pay meetings around the country and we are also looking at how we can engage with members unable to make those organised.

Things you can do as a member of PCS:

  • Ensure your details and contact email are up to date: we need to ensure our balloting details are as good as they can be.
  • When the ballot details arrive, act on them. Apathy will get us nowhere. If we do not achieve more than a 50% turn-out, we cannot progress action. So vote, and vote in strength.
  • Look out for further comms from PCS, attend local members meetings, talk with your local PCS rep
  • Make your views known! Consider being visible online, responds to intranet articles on this. They are widely read, so messages from the membership count. Be vocal.
  • If you attend any Town Hall sessions or management meetings, raise the issue of pay, over-work, stress, and make it clear you are a union member. We must pile the pressure on.

If you would like to get more involved with PCS then please contact your local reps or get in touch with leeds@pcs.org.uk or on 0113 200 5300 to get contact details.

Veterinary Medicines Directorate and the executive agencies

  • Animal Plant and Health Agency (APHA)


  • Rural Payments Agency

Non-departmental public bodies

  • Natural England

  • Kew Gardens and Kew Enterprises

  • Marine Management Organisation

  • Joint Nature Conservation committee

  • Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority


Page last updated 1 November 2019

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