“Now is the time to say we are serious, we are clear, we can win on pay and begin to transform this country to improve people's lives,” PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told a pre-TUC Congress fringe meeting today (10).
Speaking at a packed rally of the National Shop Stewards Network in Brighton, Mark said: “We're balloting all public sector workers in our union and I hope other unions will join us to put pressure on a weak Tory government to scrap the cap.”
Mark has expanded on this in a media statement today, saying: “All public sector workers deserve a pay rise – we should reject any notion of deserving and undeserving workers. Any attempt by the Government to limit increases to uniformed workers should be rejected by all. Now is the time for a united campaign of action on the issue of scrapping the pay cap.”
Mark also sent solidarity to striking McDonald’s workers, striking Birmingham bin workers and “all others out on strike for fair pay and rights”.
No divide and rule
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell reaffirmed the Labour party’s commitment to scrap the cap and restore trade union rights.
He told the meeting, chaired by PCS president Janice Godrich at the Holiday Inn, "Let me make it clear, we want the pay cap scrapped for everyone. There will be no divide and rule."
Janice had opened the meeting by calling for a united campaign to end the 1% public sector pay cap.
Unite general secretary Len McLuskey stressed the “need for the union movement to take united action against low pay and attacks on workers now”.
PCS continues to campaign for the cap to be lifted and all members to be given a rise of 5% or an increase of £1200, to start rectifying years of politically-driven pay restraint.
Our delegation to congress, which runs from today until next Wednesday (13), is calling for all public sector unions to unite to defeat the 1% public sector pay cap, including at our TUC fringe meeting on Tuesday lunchtime.