PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka will highlight the damage inflicted by years of government cuts to public services and workers’ pay at a public meeting in Cardiff tonight (4).
Mark will call for an alternative to austerity that provides proper investment in public services and jobs and raises living standards by scrapping the 1% public sector pay cap. He will urge union members and community activists to build a united campaign to end the Tories’ discredited austerity agenda, following Saturday’s successful demonstration in London, at which he was a speaker.
Our union has hit out at Tory ministers for “ducking responsibility” by deferring to pay review bodies over the ongoing cap, pointing out that these bodies cover fewer than half of all public employees and that civil service pay is closely controlled by the Treasury and Cabinet Office. Less than half of public sector workers are covered by these bodies and the Treasury holds the purse strings.
As a result of pay and pension policies, the government’s own workforce will have seen their living standards cut by up to 20% in real terms by 2020.
Mark will speak alongside Welsh Government minister, Mark Drakeford, at the meeting at 7pm, organised by PCS, in the city’s Temple of Peace.
Enthusiasm for an alternative
Ahead of the Cardiff meeting, Mark Serwotka said: “The general election result shows there is huge enthusiasm for an alternative to the Conservatives’ divisive and failed austerity agenda, and Theresa May now has no mandate to continue with these policies.
“When you see the Tories handing an extra £1 billion to Northern Ireland in a deal with the DUP to cling to power, it’s right to ask why there’s not more money available for schools, hospitals and other public services in Wales.
“The government is on the ropes over public sector pay, and each day seems to bring a fresh U turn, but meanwhile living standards continue to fall. The pay cap must be lifted for all public servants and all of them need proper pay rises.”
Other speakers include:
Harriet Protheroe-Davis (Hope Not Hate); Claudia Boes (Cardiff People’s Assembly); Katrine Williams (PCS DWP rep and NEC member); and Marianne Owens (PCS HMRC rep and NEC member). PCS Wales Secretary Shavanah Taj will chair the meeting.
The meeting take places at 7pm at the Temple of Peace, Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3AP.