18 January 2022

PCS 2022 pay claim in DWP and national ballot

We have submitted our 2022 pay claim to the DWP 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 permanent secretary Peter Schofield on 23 December and made the case that following decades of pay restraint, pay rises are needed for all staff, whether they opted in or out of the employee deal. As a result, thousands of our members have been forced on to benefits and have now also suffered a cut to Universal Credit.

The stoic work of our members in the DWP was singled out for praise by prime minister Boris Johnson during the pandemic and yet they were rewarded with a pay freeze.

PCS is also pressing for DWP to address the large discrepancies that exist between pay for those who transferred in to DWP from BPDTS and members working in the digital group, and we will fight for pay to be harmonised.

We will continue our fight to get DWP to address the serious pay issues facing those who opted out of the employee deal, and the serious anomalies that remain following the deal.

We have submitted the following pay claim for 2022 covering all workers in the Department for Work and Pensions, Health and Safety Executive and Office for Nuclear Regulation.

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 DWP 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          20476

AO          23139

EO           30966

HEO        37290

SEO        47632

Grade 7  61921

Grade 6   72933

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: