PCS is holding protests across the UK on 31 August calling for the 1% public sector pay cap to be scrapped on the day that the Home Office plans to impose the cap for another 12 months.
On 31 July, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) imposed the cap on employees for another 12 months. Just four weeks later on 31 August the Home Office plans to impose the cap for another 12 months, while the MOJ has told PCS it intends to to keep the 1% cap on its own pay award.
This means that by 31 August, 3 of the largest departments in Whitehall will have delivered yet another real-terms cut in pay to their staff. Seven years of pay restraint, including the ongoing cap, have been highly damaging for many public sector workers.
We want you to:
- Join your local payday protest on 31 August
- Make sure you attend any local PCS members’ meeting on pay
- Send us your experience of the pay cap and tell us what lifting it would mean to you - email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get more involved with PCS activity
- Sign up to the PCS Fighting Fund, so we can support members taking sustained, targeted industrial action.
Research commissioned by PCS shows that since the pay cap has been in place, the value of average pay in the civil service has fallen by up to 9% against inflation; if the pay cap continues until 2020, as the last Conservative government had originally proposed, average civil service pay will have fallen in value by more than 20%.
Civil servants’ pay has fallen way behind levels of inflation by about 17% over the last 10 years and many members are struggling to get by, pay their bills and feed their families.
We continue to campaign for the cap to be lifted and all members to be given a rise of 5% or an increase of £1200, to start rectifying years of politically-driven pay restraint.
We need to get the pay cap removed, to help our members who are relying on payday loans, using credit cards to pay for necessities and have even been forced to use foodbanks. The mood is changing and if all PCS members and supporters back our campaign we can help to scrap the cap.
Scrap the cap
In July, the PCS Revenue and Customs Group rejected the imposition of this derisory increase and on the day the department imposed the award, our members across HMRC held demonstrations outside their workplaces.
On 31 August, protests spread to the Home Office and MOJ, with the prospect of hundreds of sites in the 3 departments joining in opposition to the pay cuts. It’s essential that we keep up the pressure on public sector pay – pressure which has been growing with the PCS payday protests and the result of the general election. The expanding lunchtime protests on 31 August will continue to grow as other departments begin to impose their 1% offers and as we continue to build for our national ballot of PCS members in the autumn.
We can win
Our fantastic victory over the government’s cuts to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme, showed once again the importance of being part of a campaigning trade union. This government is weak and divided - particularly around the issue of public sector pay – so this is another great opportunity to show your support through public protests and finally get the pay cap lifted.
We need as many people as possible to join these protests, to keep up the pressure on the government to pay up and scrap the cap.
All PCS members in HMRC should:
Send and share the digital letter to HMRC chief executive Jon Thompson, urging him to call on the Treasury to lift the cap.
All PCS members in the Home Office should:
Send and share the digital letter to Home Office permanent secretary Philip Rutnam, urging him to call on the Treasury to lift the cap.
All PCS members in the MOJ should:
Send and share the digital letter to secretary of state for justice David Lidington, urging him to call on the Treasury to lift the cap.
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