Pay campaign steps up

The union’s pay campaign is being stepped up a gear after the Treasury rejected our submission to have the 1% pay cap lifted.

In a letter received last week minister David Gauke told PCS the pay cap protected jobs. Given that 110,000 civil services jobs have been lost since the pay freeze and 1% cap were introduced in 2010, this is demonstrably untrue.

PCS and other civil service unions met Treasury officials last week to continue to press our case, and our national executive committee meets in May to discuss the next steps.

Days before the Treasury’s decision, thousands of PCS members turned out to support our call for a rise of 5% or £1,200. The 31 March payday protests were strongly supported across the country, with events organised by hundreds of branches across many different employer groups.

Thanks for helping to make it such a success. Now we need to build on that momentum.

You can:

  • Keep up the pressure on the government by asking members to email Treasury minister David Gauke
  • Hold workplace meetings to test support for the pay claim, campaign and industrial action and devise branch campaign plans that resonate in your areas
  • Do a workplace survey of the impact of the pay cut/freeze on members
  • Organise a lobby of local MPs.

The second phase of the pay campaign is focusing on coordinated Group campaign activity around our national pay claim, which will run through the pay bargaining round.

At a meeting of senior lay reps last month, major negotiating points were discussed and guidance given to pay bargaining units on:

  • Ending delegated bargaining and restoring national bargaining
  • Exploring potential equal pay claims
  • Pressing employers to provide pay data
  • Pushing for a Living Wage of £10 per hour regardless of circumstances, and
  • Submitting pay claims to employers at delegated level.

Bargaining areas covered by Scottish ministers have developed a more coherent approach to pay, with a single claim for all bargaining units across the sector, and we’re developing a similar approach in Wales.

See how the payday protest day unfolded on Twitter and on our Flickr account.

Updated 11 April 2018

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