12 May join PCS marching for a 5% pay rise

29 Mar 2018

We’re calling on PCS members and supporters from across the UK to join us and thousands of others from across the union movement as we join the TUC’s march in London on 12 May to call for a fully-funded, above inflation pay rise for all civil servants.

The vast majority of our members, and colleagues from across the public sector, have suffered considerable hardship because of years of pay restraint leaving them on average £4,400 worse off in real-terms. You can find out how much you’ve lost, and share your result with Cabinet Office minister David Lidington, by using the PCS pay calculator. 

Local economies across the UK have been deprived of nearly £1.7 billion because of the civil service 1% pay cap and freeze, with a devastating impact on local communities, as well as public sector workers and their families.

PCS is demanding:

• a fully-funded 5% pay rise

• a Living Wage of £10 an hour

• pay equality across the civil service

• a common pay and grading structure.

Get involved

You can keep up the pressure on the government by encouraging your friends and colleagues at work to take part in PCS pay activities and protest events in the coming weeks and months. 30 April is our Big Pay Petition Day when members will sign large petitions, which can then be used in photo opportunities with the maximum numbers of members taking part.

We will be offering members an opportunity to join a webinar on 14 April for members who want to get more involved in the pay campaign specifically and to build for the Big Petition activity on 30 April

The 12 May event is the TUC’s ‘new deal for working people’ march and rally. It’s a family-friendly event so save the date, make a day of it, bring your family, friends and colleagues and show the government your determination to achieve a pay rise that will make a difference to your life, your family and your community. Transport is being organised by our regional centres across the UK, so contact your local office to find out more.


The march will assemble at Victoria Embankment between Hungerford Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge from 11am.

It will move off at noon and march to Hyde Park. 

The rally will take place in Hyde Park, finishing at 4pm. 


The TUC wants to make sure the event is accessible to everyone. There are special arrangements for people who:

  • wish to join the march at the main assembly point
  • wish to join the last part of the march for a shorter route to the rally
  • wish to go straight to the rally.

Take a look at the accessibility guide.

What you can do

Together we can win on pay.

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