9 August 2021

PCS warns of action if ministers try to cut pay of civil servants over office opening

Anonymous briefings over the weekend to the press have suggested civil servants' pay could be docked if staff refuse to return to the office. 

One Cabinet minister told a paper that civil servants should have their pay docked if they refuse to return to the office after working from home for so long during the pandemic.

This was however rejected by business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng this morning. 

Responding to the reports, a PCS spokesman said: "It is the height of cowardice for ministers to anonymously brief the media about docking civil servants' pay for not returning to the office. 

"PCS is engaged in serious discussions with the Cabinet Office about how we can embrace the post pandemic world with hybrid working and keeping staff safe. 

“Any attempt to dock pay for civil servants for any reason would be met with a swift industrial response, potentially including strike action."