As momentum grows in our pay campaign we want all members to join national payday protests on 31 January and join regional TUC public sector events on 14 February, as part of the TUC Love Unions week.
Tens of thousands of PCS members showed huge support for our pay campaign by voting overwhelmingly for action to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and urge the government to enter talks to deliver fully funded pay rises for all public sector workers.
We have now written to chancellor Philip Hammond with our pay claim; for a fully funded, above-inflation pay rise.
Our national executive agreed a series of actions to keep up the pressure on this weak and divided government over pay in 2018, including talking to the TUC and other unions about joint campaigning on pay.
Each year the TUC organises a Love Unions week themed around Valentine’s Day. On 14 February the campaign focus will be on public sector pay. PCS regional centres will be organising events to publicise our campaign against the pay cap.
We also want as many members as possible to support the TUC’s national demonstration in London on Saturday, 12 May calling for a new deal for working people, and backing the campaign for an end to the pay cap.
Organising your protest
One of the best ways for members to get involved with the payday protests is by using the PCS pay calculator which shows how much civil servants have lost as a direct result of seven years of the 1% pay cap and freeze. We want you to take 2 minutes to work out your losses and email them to chancellor Philip Hammond. Once you’ve done this let your PCS rep know your result, they will then add them all together to show the total loss for your workplace.
We want thousands of you to get involved by writing on one of the PCS photo opp cards your own estimate of the pay you’ve lost over the last seven years. You can get a card from your rep or download one from our pay campaign page.
Pose for a group photo with your photo opp cards and send your photos to PCS – email@example.com – share them on social media and we will also publish pictures from across the UK on Facebook and Twitter.
Talk to your colleagues about why they should get involved in the pay campaign and if they’re not a PCS member ask them to join.
PCS regional centres will also be organising big group gatherings at larger workplaces for a ‘total lost’ photo opportunity. For many workplaces these total losses run into millions of pounds.
What you can do
- Encourage your friends and colleagues at work to take part in activities and protest events for the next payday, 31 January and on 14 February.
- Use the pay calculator and email your results to the chancellor.
- Distribute payday protest materials to members.
- Talk to members face to face in your branch.
- Download and circulate the hard copy petition to the chancellor to members.
- Show non-members the pay calculator and ask them to join PCS.
- Find out more about our pay campaign.