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

Efra GEC believes it is vital that we get a YES YES vote in the national ballot.

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. The Efra GEC, like other groups across the civil service, will be submitting a pay claim based on the national PCS position on pay

However, our EFRA group pay claim will not be submitted and talks will be suspended pending the outcome of the national pay campaign.

The Cabinet Office has already indicated, during talks with the unions, that only 1% has been budgeted for pay this year despite the supposed removal of the pay cap last year.

The national ballot opened on 18 March and closes on 29 April, the EFRA group would urge you all to vote, and vote yes to the questions within in it. This is the only way we will get management to budget for a proper pay rise for all. Not voting will be acceptance that we do not believe we are due the pay rise we deserve.

Local reps will be looking to speak to all members in the coming weeks so please use this as an opportunity to give us your views and ask any questions you may have.

In terms of the Efra group we will be looking to cover the following during any negotiation this year:

  • We want to see the end of discriminatory bonus payments. The ‘non-consolidated’ bonus pot should instead be diverted to improve the overall pay award.
  • The end of year bonus monies being transferred into in year schemes. The official statistics have shown for many years that both the end of year and in year schemes are discriminatory and payments are often made to the same people over and over again. To be clear we want to make sure as much money as possible is available for all of our members.
  • We expect to have the opportunity to put our thoughts to the permanent secretary and other members of the senior management team in Defra. We will be asking that business cases are put forward from all bargaining units in Defra that match our national claim outlined earlier. This will only happen when the NEC allows negotiations to take place after the ballot so as to not undermine our position.
  • Pay should be paid on time and with a proper budget to respect the contribution staff have made, particularly with our department so heavily involved in Brexit work while trying to deliver day-to-day activities.
  • We want to see the end of substantial amounts of money being diverted from the annual pay award to uplift people who have fallen behind departmental minimums as a result of internal moves. It cannot be right that a new starter to the department or agency/NDPBs is paid more than somebody who has been in post for many years. This is a problem created by RPA, Defra and NE who decided on the move, which was highlighted before the move and we continue to challenge it.


We are aware that we have many new colleagues, many joining recently from outside of the civil service. We welcome new colleagues and invite them to join the union. Your pay and all your other terms and conditions were negotiated by the unions and in many cases have been won through having an active union membership, including use of industrial action as a last resort. However, the value of our pay is being eroded due to the impact of austerity - pay is not keeping pace with inflation - it has fallen in value by between 8.6% and 11.4%; not only by comparison with the cost of living, but by comparison with the average pay of other parts of the public sector. This has driven down pay at all grades. By joining the union and making your voice heard you can help to ensure that this trend is reversed.

If you would like to get more involved with your union then please speak to local reps, or get in touch with a member of the GEC. We are always keen to welcome new reps within the Efra group.


First pay update of 2019 for all areas

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 9 April 2019

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