On 3rd July the trade unions met with the MoD pay team in the expectation that the department would be in a position to lay out its thoughts on pay within the confines of the Treasury remit. However it became quickly apparent that they were not in a position to do so. In fact, their proposals were still sitting on the secretary of State’s desk for sign off.
The Treasury has finally released the remit to government departments without consultation with the unions and in the face of previous commitments to consult. Despite high levels of inflation, and constant erosion of your living standards, the government has decided that the pay cap remains effectively in place.
Not too long ago Theresa May’s government said that the pay cap had ended in the public sector. Whilst the settlements elsewhere have been paltry, in the NHS for example, and still below the rate of inflation, they nevertheless breach the 1%. But for civil servants, the contempt and loathing of government continues. Your colleagues in Scotland are faced with the farcical situation of Scottish government Civil Servants obtaining a fair and decent rise, whilst Scottish MoD employees will be rewarded for their hard work and dedication with 1%.
Nominations have been sought for Defence Sector group executive committee and Standing Orders Committees. An election is required for a position on the Standing Orders Committee - election address information is available here and on the DSg election pages. Ballot information will be issued to members in the Defence Sector group shortly.
The management information provided to the trade unions from top level budget holders reveals that whilst there has been an upward trend in the number of in year rewards made, there is still a large allocation of this budget unspent. PCS is seeking to raise the profile of this scheme and to encourage managers and their teams to “Get it spent”.