Scrap the pay cap: keeping up the momentum

PCS will hold a consultative ballot among members hit by the 1% public sector pay cap during October/November to send a clear united message to the government as part of phase two of our pay campaign.

We’ll be building towards the ballot, ahead of the November Budget, with a series of events and activities which will need maximum participation to keep the pressure up on a weakened Tory government. See the current list below and please get your members involved.

The political landscape has drastically changed since the general election and the Tories have been giving conflicting messages on pay. Firefighters have been offered an increase above the pay cap and the Scottish government has now said it will end the cap in 2018.

Pay offers have already begun, including at HMRC, where a 1% increase offer has been imposed. This was rejected by the HMRC Group and thousands of members took part in a group-wide protest on 31 July, the day the offer was implemented. Check our blog reports and photos from the day and read some of our HMRC members’ stories. Members in HMRC will be protesting again on 31 August. Members in other departments are also encouraged to stage their own pay day demonstrations on the day.

Upcoming pay campaign events:

31 August: pay protests will be taking place in HMRC.  Branches in other departments where the pay cap is being imposed, or is likely to be imposed at a later date, are also encouraged to arrange for protests on pay day.

29 September: all-member pay protest.
1 October: Demonstration at Conservative Party conference, Manchester.
12 October: Joint union London demonstration on pay, 5.30pm, Downing St.
17 October:  TUC-led lobby of Parliament.
October: Consultative ballot of all PCS civil service members on pay, asking members what action they would support, including industrial action. Precise dates to be confirmed.

In the meantime PCS is supporting the TUC’s campaign of action on pay and is talking to other unions about coordinating campaign activities to mobilise members to break the cap. At the TUC Congress in September, PCS will be calling for a united campaign of activity across the public sector, including a national demonstration and possible coordination of national strike action.

There is concern that although the Tories may be wobbling on the pay cap, they might pick off those they refer to as frontline staff - such as firefighters, nurses, and police - with other less high-profile staff continuing to have their pay increase capped at 1%.

• Find out more: PCS Pay Campaign

Updated 11 April 2018

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