You’re worth a 10% pay rise is the message from reps and members who will start our 2019 pay campaign with a week of activities from Monday (11).
Stocks of our new national betrayed on pay leaflet have been sent to hundreds of branches in support of our pay campaign. The leaflet explains how last year even though the government said it had lifted the pay cap, and unions and employers in health and local government negotiated above-inflation pay increases, civil service permanent secretaries secretly chose to accept between 1–1.5% and then kept their decision from civil service unions and staff. They betrayed them.
That move left civil service pay worse off than the rest of the public sector. That is a disgrace. Our members are working harder for less. That can’t be right. The Cabinet Office has compounded this betrayal when at the latest pay meeting with us last week John Manzoni, chief executive of the civil service, revealed plans to only offer a measly 1% pay rise for 2019, with any rise above that funded by cuts to staff terms and conditions.
Join the fight for 10%
PCS is preparing for a huge fight to get our members a 10% pay rise and we want everyone to get involved.
Our NEC met this week and decided unanimously to hold an industrial action ballot for 6 weeks from 18 March. We’re going to ask all members to vote yes for industrial action and yes to action short of strike.
The most important thing members can do is get involved. Every person who helps our union in any way means we’re in a better position to win the ballot and if we win the ballot we’re in a better position to get what members deserve – above inflation pay rises.
We have emailed all members for whom we hold a personal email address this week asking them to volunteer to help with specific tasks during the ballot.
We need volunteers to:
- Phone other PCS members about the pay campaign
- Arrange pay campaign events in their area
- Hand out leaflets at work
- Recruit a colleague to be a PCS member.
So click the get involved button in your email to sign up.
We also need members to:
- Make sure their details are up to date
- Talk to other members about the pay campaign
- Register to be a PCS Advocate
- Like our union’s Facebook page.
Together we can achieve pay justice in the civil service in 2019.