We all deserve a pay rise is the message from thousands of PCS members who will be calling for the 1% public sector pay cap to be scrapped in lunchtime payday protests at their workplaces across the UK on 29 September.
Get ready for the ballot on pay
It is time to say enough is enough. The 7-year pay squeeze has gone on far too long. Our members are going to send the strongest possible message to the government, that we all deserve a pay rise. Which is why, in October, PCS is planning to consult more than 160,000 members in a ballot over the government’s ongoing pay cap.
Our national executive has approved a national ballot of all public sector members to support breaking the public sector pay cap and seek funding needed for an above-inflation pay rise. The ballot will also consult on willingness to take part in industrial action. The ballot will be held from 9 October to 6 November.
PCS members deliver the vital public services which keep our country running. Since 2010, research shows that our pay has fallen in value by nearly 10%, or by between £2,000 and £3,500 in real terms. Civil service pay has fallen further and faster than the rest of the public sector and the private sector.
The government is facing increasing pressure to scrap the pay cap, which has seen civil service pay fall from 2010 to 2016.
The government is on the back foot and are making concessions on the pay cap for senior civil servants, police and prison officers. But, we must not let them divide public sector workers. The Scottish Government say it will scrap the cap next year, but has not said how it will invest in pay or whether there will be real pay increases for our members in the devolved sector.
In light of the escalating chaos from Number 10 over the future of the cap, the union has reasserted its demand that the cap must be scrapped now with pay rises of at least 5% for all public sector workers, not just a select few, a position which has the support of the TUC, other public sector unions and widespread public support.
All public sector workers have been covered by the seven-year pay cap, all public sector workers make an important contribution and all public sector workers deserve a pay rise.
Pay day protests
In the meantime we want all members to get involved in the campaign. We will be organising a range of activities for members to get involved in the campaign including payday protests, in every civil service workplace on 29 September.
PCS is also supporting a number of rallies and demonstrations aimed at scrapping the cap, including:
20 September – TUC rally in Birmingham
1 October – Anti-austerity demonstration in Belfast
5 October – Pay, people and power lecture by PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka in Glasgow
17 October – TUC Lobby of parliament
21 October – Newcastle TUC pay rally.
Get ready for the ballot:
- Support the union’s payday protests on 29 September
- Ask a colleague to join the union.