Pay protests across the UK as civil servants say end the 1% cap

31 Aug 2017

PCS protests about pay are taking place across the UK today (31) as civil servants in the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Revenue and Customs call on the government to end the 1% cap.

Events are being held outside workplaces on the day that sees the imposition of another year of the government’s 1% pay cap at the Home Office, while the MOJ has indicated it will keep the cap for another 12 months and HMRC imposed it on 31 July.

Since 2010, the combined effect of the two-year pay freeze followed by the ongoing 1% cap, changes to pensions and the increase in National Insurance contributions, has hit living standards.

From 2010 to 2016 average civil service pay fell by between £2,000 and £3,500 in real terms – a larger decline than the rest of the public sector and the wider economy.

The pay cap has come under widespread scrutiny recently, with 70% of the public supporting an end to the cap.

The government’s plan to keep the 1% cap in place until 2020 seriously undermines the prime minister’s claim that she wants to help “just managing” families.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Civil and public service workers keep our public services running but, like workers right across the public sector, their take-home pay has been cut year on year.

“With rising inflation, more hard-working staff are being pushed into poverty. The Tories are responsible for this fall in living standards, having held down public sector pay for seven years.

“Theresa May’s government has lost all authority on the pay cap. Ministers can and must act immediately to increase the wages of their own workforce. The pay cap is unsustainable. Our message is clear: all public servants deserve a proper pay rise and the cap must be lifted now.”

Find out more about our pay campaign.

What you can do to help

Join a payday protest

Send and share the digital letter to HMRC chief executive Jon Thompson, urging him to call on the Treasury to lift the cap.

Send and share the digital letter to Home Office permanent secretary Philip Rutnam, urging him to call on the Treasury to lift the cap.

Send and share the digital letter to secretary of state for justice David Lidington, urging him to call on the Treasury to lift the cap.

Send us your experience of the pay cap and tell us what lifting it would mean to you, email

Tweet using #payup and #scrapthecap



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