16 September 2021

Defra 2021 Pay Award

PCS has rejected the pay offer published on 13 September.

During the discussions which the unions had with Defra this year the only item on the table for negotiation was the non-consolidated element of the pay award as consolidated pay rises were rigidly set out in the Treasury Pay Guidance.

The non-consolidated element of any pay award is variable and therefore cannot be defined until Treasury Pay Guidance is published and performance markings for the year are known.  How the non-consolidated pot of money is distributed is decided by Defra’s Remunerations Committee.   

PCS fundamentally opposes the “pay pause” all civil servants have had imposed on them by the government, as we are again finding ourselves paying for government debt from our pay packets, especially with the National Insurance increase.  Most of our members have continued to work through the pandemic and delivered the services that we always have, as well new as services needed due to the pandemic and Brexit.  And we believe that the non-consolidated end of year payments should be used by Defra to reward everyone for their work in helping the Department carry on functioning over the past 18 months.

There have been examples of this being done in the civil and public service this year as all members of staff in DWP have received an equal bonus, and Natural England have shown that there are areas within the Defra group which believe this was the best way to reward their staff this year.

PCS argued that everyone working for Defra should have received an equal payment from the non-consolidated pot of money no matter their grade or the work they do within the bodies covered by this pay award.    

We believe that everyone would have received a payment of at least £300, based on the basic figures we were given during pay talks.  This payment would in no way compensate for the fact that many of our members are not receiving a consolidated pay rise this year but would be a recognition of the year we have all had.

PCS branches will be arranging pay meetings and all PCS members have been given time to attend these during their workday so please come along and let us know what you think of the pay deal.

The more of us who are in the union, the more chance we’ve got of being successful. If you want to be more involved in the Union’s campaigns on pay or connected to ensuring the safety of all staff then please contact your local rep or email leeds@pcs.org.uk.