18 May 2022

Spiralling inflation latest reason to campaign for better pay

Today’s inflation figures - which show CPI inflation rising to 9% and the RPI measure to 11% - are a further reason for PCS members to get involved in our national campaign for a significant pay rise and for everyone to join the TUC demo on 18 June.

Thousands of PCS members are facing serious problems with paying energy bills, rent, mortgages and even buying basic food shopping.

For people across the UK, a real crisis is developing; poverty in the world’s fifth largest economy is growing.

The government should be increasing benefits and the minimum wage, subsidising energy bills, taxing the huge profits of energy companies and stopping the National Insurance rise. Instead they are doing nothing for working people and even holding down the pay increase for the civil service and related areas to 2%.

Decade of pay decline

Our members’ pay has been frozen and capped, and your living standards have fallen by around 20% in real terms in the last decade. The average PCS member is worse off by £2,300 a year since 2011.

Our consultative ballot in March delivered a huge yes vote to our demands on pay and pensions – a 10% rise and return of overpayments – and on members’ willingness to take action if negotiations do not deliver a fair deal.

Our annual delegate conference next week will debate whether to move to a statutory strike ballot. Hear how we can fight and win on pay at our conference fringe meeting, online and in Brighton, from 5.30pm on Monday (23).

Members will be joining hundreds of thousands of other workers in London on 18 June to demand that the government takes action over the cost-of-living crisis.

  • Assemble Portland Place – W1 from 10.30am 
  • March sets off 12pm
  • Rally at Parliament Square 1pm.