Brexit planning should involve a pay rise

05 Apr 2019

As civil servants come under increased pressure to work to sort out the chaos of Brexit and the government throws billions of pounds at planning for a no deal it is time PCS members were given recognition for their hard work and dedication with decent pay rises.

More than 16,000 civil servants are working to prepare the UK for its imminent departure from the EU, civil service chiefs Mark Sedwill and John Manzoni have revealed to MPs this week.

As of the end of February, the civil service had filled 16,188 “EU exit posts” through a mixture of recruitment and redeployment from other areas of government, according to the cabinet secretary and civil service CEO, who shared the statistics in a letter to parliament’s public administration and constitutional affairs committee this week. 

They said that the vast majority of civil servants in Brexit roles – 14,297 – were spread across just six departments: the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; the Department for International Trade; HM Revenue and Customs; and the Home Office.

Billions for Brexit

At the end of last year the Treasury said it had allocated £4.2 billion for government spending on Brexit preparations. And it emerged this week that the government spent £5.5m in a single month on management consultants across government departments to help with Brexit policy.

The government has also quietly awarded some of the world’s largest consulting firms a set of contracts collectively worth £75m with Brexit proving a cash-cow for the professional services world but not for civil servants whose pay has been suppressed at 1% or below for a decade. The prime minister also found £1.5 billion for the DUP to shore up her government after the 2017 general election.

All this shows that when it chooses to the government, which pleads poverty and austerity when it comes to PCS members’ pay, is happy and ready to make billions of pounds available for Brexit. Meanwhile tens of thousands of the government’s own workers are struggling to get by trapped in in-work poverty due to low wages. Data from think tank the Smith Institute put together for charity the Living Wage Foundation revealed that around 10% of civil servants are paid less than the cost of living.

You can put pressure on the government to pay you what you’re worth by voting in the PCS postal pay ballot to support our 10% pay claim, which includes a Living Wage of £10 an hour.

Need a ballot paper?

The deadline for requesting a replacement ballot paper is 5pm on Thursday, 18 April but the sooner you request it the better. You can use this using our simple web form.

To be sure that your ballot paper arrives on time and your vote will be counted you should have it in the post no later than Wednesday, 24 April.

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New member applications deadline is Friday, 12 April

To be included in the ballot new members application forms must be received by the PCS membership department no later than 5pm on Friday, 12 April. Applications may be submitted either online or by post, scanned copies are not accepted. New members will automatically be included in the ballot and do not need to request a ballot paper.

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