Payday protests, supported by thousands of PCS members, are taking place across the UK on 31 October to help heap the pressure on the government ahead of the budget on 22 November.
Hundreds of branches are expected to take part as momentum grows in our campaign to force the government to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and give all public sector workers fully funded, above inflation pay rises. As the protest comes just 6 days before our consultative pay ballot closes at noon on 6 November, we’re urging all members to turn out the yes vote on the day to help achieve a huge vote in favour of both scrapping the cap and preparing for industrial action, if the government refuses to do so.
So why not theme your lunchtime protest around showing how much you and your branch have lost because of the pay cap? Download, print out and share the editable calculator cards in advance and after you’ve used our pay calculator to work out your losses write the figure on the card, pose for a photo with it and share it on social media. You should also email your result to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond.
It’s also a good opportunity to chase up any colleagues who haven’t yet voted in the ballot.
The latest day of protests on 29 September was very popular with members.
From the north of Scotland to the south west of England, civil service workers said enough is enough – the 7-year pay squeeze has gone on far too long, as well over 100 PCS branches took part in protests today. They stood outside their workplaces, in town and city centres, holding up their photo opp cards carrying the words “Scrap the cap, we all deserve a pay rise.”
All public sector workers have been covered by the seven-year pay cap, all public sector workers make an important contribution and all public sector workers deserve a pay rise.
What else 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 involved in our programme of pay activities to scrap the pay cap.
- Ask a workmate to join PCS.
- Consider making a regular, £2 a month contribution to the PCS Fighting Fund to support members taking strike action.