PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka has written to prime minister Theresa May to urge her to use next week’s Queen’s Speech to bring an immediate end to the 1% public sector pay cap.
In his letter sent today (15), ahead of the Queen’s Speech which is due to take place on Wednesday (21) and sets out the government's proposed legislative programme, Mark called on the new minority government to adequately fund decent pay rises for all workers across the public sector.
Seven years of pay restraint, including the ongoing cap, have been highly damaging for many public sector workers. Since the pay cap has been in place, the value of average pay in the civil service has fallen by up to 9% against inflation; if the pay cap continues until 2020, as the last Conservative government had originally proposed, average civil service pay will have fallen in value by over 20%.
The Tories repeatedly claimed that the pay cap was necessary to protect jobs, but we know this is simply not true. More than 110,000 civil service jobs have been cut since 2010, with further office closures and the risk of redundancies threatened.
Mark’s letter also highlighted how planning for Brexit in the civil service is chaotic and civil service job cuts must end to cope with the massive pressures caused by it. He said the prime minister needed to urgently enter into discussions with the civil service unions about putting considerable extra resources into government departments to cope with Brexit.