Government gives key civil service workers a real-terms pay cut in Cabinet Office swindle 

18 May 2020

PCS slams government for pay swindle after Cabinet Office issues pay remit guidance of 1.5-2.5%.  

PCS members deserve action to deal with low pay so that they can carry out work vital to the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis with a sense of security. 

The union had made interim demands during the coronavirus pandemic to significantly raise pay above inflation and across the board. 

But despite PCS members, many of them being key workers going above and beyond the call of duty, in DWP, HMRC, the Home Office and elsewhere, ministers have decided to cap any pay rise at between 1.5 and 2.5%. 

RPI inflation is currently running at 2.6%.  

General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “It is an outrageous swindle that ministers have embarked upon by offering our members a pay cut in return for their Herculean efforts during the Corona pandemic.  

“It shows the hypocrisy of ministers who on the one hand, applaud and praise public sector workers but do not think they are worthy of a genuine pay rise.  

“Ministers have missed an opportunity to increase pay across the board and the union will continue to campaign for pay justice until we get what our members are entitled to for the hard work they do every day serving the public.”  

PCS has worked hard to make sure members are kept safe and where possible working from home to support people accessing benefits, dealing with taxes, supporting businesses and workers in the furlough scheme and protecting our borders.    

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