21 January 2022

PCS 2022 pay claim in the Attorney General’s Office and national ballot

We have submitted our 2022 pay claim to the Attorney General’s Office, which seeks to address levels of disparity and inequality that are completely unacceptable and are in urgent need of redress.

We lodged our claim with the attorney general Suella Braverman on 23 December and made the case that following decades of pay restraint, pay rises are needed for all staff.

We recognise that there are a range of different arrangements in place in respect of terms and conditions and our longer-term objective is to bring as great a degree of coherence to these arrangements as is possible. However, in order that we may make quick progress on issues which do not carry any complexity, we have submitted the following pay claim for 2022 covering all workers in the Attorney General’s Office, Crown Prosecition Service and Government Legal Department.

Workloads and lack of resources are key issues for a significant number of our members in the Crown Prosecution Service, in particular at an operational level. We have seen, in recent months, many members accumulate excessive levels of working hours and in many cases way over what would normally be seen as acceptable to the employer or fair to the individual.

If the government is not prepared to act to tackle the cost-of-living crisis for its own workers, then we must look at what action members are prepared to take. We are therefore running a national ballot for all our public sector members from 14 February to 21 March.

This is not a strike ballot. It will ask members what action they would be prepared to take. A statutory industrial action ballot might follow later.

Our pay claim in the Attorney General’s Office calls for:

1) Cost of living rises

For 2022, in addition to progress on coherence of pay scales, we are also seeking a cost of living rise of 10%.

We are seeking a single rate for the job for each grade set at the following level:

Grade       Annual salary £

AA

AO            23800

EO            30000

HEO         35000

SEO          43000

Grade 7    61000

Grade 6    75200

 

2) London weighting

On top of the national salary points that we are seeking to negotiate, we are seeking a London weighting payment, incorporated into consolidated pay, of at least £5,000 per annum, with no detriment to any worker currently entitled to more than that.

3) A Living Wage

Underpinning all elements of our claim for 2022, we are seeking a living wage of £15 an hour.

4) Annual leave

We are seeking improvements in annual leave provision to at least 35 days a year on entry; with no detriment to any worker currently entitled to more than that.

5) Working week

We believe that the time is right to consider what the future world of work might look like and how workers might benefit from new technology and from more flexible ways of working.

We are therefore seeking a significant reduction in the working week with no loss of pay.

6) Pay coherence

PCS has a long-standing objective of securing a return to national bargaining on pay and terms and conditions covering all workers in the civil service and its related areas.

In preparation for the ballot, we need members to: