PCS members have been betrayed on pay by permanent secretaries from across the civil service and we want them to get involved in our campaign for action to get you the pay rise you deserve in 2019.
Permanent secretaries and the Cabinet Office betrayed their staff on pay last year, by secretly agreeing to limit pay increases - this was the shocking revelation from the court case taken by civil service unions in October this year.
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Rather than argue with the Treasury that you should get more money for your hard work they actually argued you should have less - that is nothing short of a betrayal.
Public sector pay increases have been capped at 1% for years and average civil service pay has fallen in value by more than £3,000, further and faster than anywhere else in the public sector.
Last year the government announced the end of the pay cap, and negotiators in local government and health sat down and agreed above-inflation pay increases. But in the civil service our court case has revealed that the most senior managers met in February, and agreed to continue the pay squeeze, and limit pay increases to 1-1.5%.
We cannot let this happen in 2019.
Our national executive committee met this week and agreed a campaign strategy for our 2019 pay campaign. NEC members agreed to:
- Launch a mass consultation on our pay campaign in January
- To campaign politically to put the pressure on ministers and departmental heads.
- Hold an industrial action ballot, if it's required, to ensure we can force the government to think again and negotiate a fair, equal and above-inflation pay increase across the civil service.
Also, jointly with the other main civil service unions, FDA and Prospect, we are writing to the government to demand they meet us and treat us fairly in 2019.
Campaign for pay justice in 2019
PCS will soon be consulting members on a pay claim and a campaign to force the government to negotiate a fair, equal and above-inflation pay increase across the civil service. If you think you have been betrayed on pay, then:
If you have been betrayed on pay, then:
- Get involved in the pay campaign
- Ask your colleagues to get involved by becoming a PCS Advocate
- Ask any colleagues who aren’t members to join PCS.
Let’s prepare to win on pay to get the pay rise we deserve.