26 November 2021

Pay campaign to be highlighted in Parliament

Civil service pay will be the subject of an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on Monday.

Chris Stephens MP, the chair of the cross-party PCS parliamentary group, will lead the debate. This comes after regular briefings have been given to MPs on the group about the impact real-terms pay cuts have been having on our members.  

An end of the day adjournment debate is usually a short debate where an MP has the opportunity to raise an issue and get a response from the relevant government minister. There won’t be a vote, but it helps to raise the profile of the issue in Parliament.

As part of his Comprehensive Spending Review announcement last month, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak stated that he was lifting the public sector pay freeze. However, The Chancellor said in interviews that it was an issue for pay review bodies. The civil service does not have a pay review body – it needs Treasury money to fund the pay rise.

Chris Stephens will be making the case for pay rises for government workers that meets rising costs of living and also makes up for the fall of living standards our members have faced over the last decade. He will also raise the wasteful and unfair delegated pay system and the need to move towards more coherent, national pay bargaining.

The adjournment debate is expected to start at around 10pm on Monday and can be viewed on the Parliament.tv channel.