Thousands of people have watched our first Facebook live event and heard PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka answer dozens of members’ questions about our campaign to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap.
Journalist Rachel Shabi spent 48 minutes posing members’ questions to Mark during the event last night and hundreds of people commented live on our Facebook page. He answered questions on many different aspects of the campaign from the need to vote yes in our consultative pay ballot, outlined how we can win a fully-funded inflation-busting pay rise for all public sector workers, gave an update on the civil service compensation scheme campaign and urged members to donate to our fighting fund to support members taking strike action. A number of members said they were persuaded to vote yes by watching the event.
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Mark also described the impact of 7 years of pay restraint on our members and the need for the labour movement to unite to achieve fully-funded, above inflation pay rises for all public sector workers.
The PCS pay campaign, which calls for the 1% pay cap to be lifted for all public sector workers and for everyone to be given fully-funded rises of at least 5% or £1200, is gaining momentum following a series of activities in recent months. These have included members holding payday protests on 29 September, 31 August and 31 July.
The video of the event is now online, in case you missed the broadcast or want to watch it again and share it with friends and colleagues
The pressure is growing on the government to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and our members are playing a full part by voting yes in our consultative ballot on pay, which is running from 9 October to 6 November, in advance of the budget on 22 November, to ask what action they would support, including industrial action, to break the pay cap.
Members have also been letting chancellor Philip Hammond know what they think of the cap by using our popular pay calculator to see how the cap affects you and then emailing him the result.
What you can do:
- Tell the chancellor how the pay cap has affected you using our pay calculator
- Vote yes in the PCS consultative ballot from 9 October - 6 November.
- Get in involved our programme of pay activities to “scrap the pay cap”.
- Ask a workmate to join our union.
- Attend the London, joint union lobby, demonstration and rally on 17 October and encourage your workmates to come along.
- Consider making a regular, £2 a month to the PCS Fighting Fund.