PCS branches, groups, equality forums and members have the opportunity to comment on the direction of our pay campaign with the launch of a large-scale consultation.
Public sector pay increases have been capped at 1% for years and average civil service pay has fallen in value by more than £3,000 since 2010; further and faster than anywhere else in the public sector.
Permanent secretaries and the Cabinet Office betrayed their staff on pay by secretly agreeing to limit pay increases. Disgracefully they argued our members should get less money for their hard work. This was the shocking revelation from the court case taken by PCS and other civil service unions in October this year.
The PCS national executive committee has agreed a campaign strategy for our 2019 pay campaign. NEC members agreed to:
- Launch a mass consultation, including an online questionnaire, on our pay campaign
- To campaign politically to put the pressure on ministers and departmental heads.
- Hold an industrial action ballot, if it's required, to ensure we can force the government to think again and negotiate a fair, equal and above-inflation pay increase across the civil service.
Also, jointly with the other main civil service unions, FDA and Prospect, we are writing to the government to demand they meet us and treat us fairly in 2019.
The NEC wants all branches, groups, equality forums and members to take part in the consultation on our civil service pay strategy for 2019, which runs until 25 January 2019.
The NEC is proposing that our demands on pay in 2019 consist of:
- A cost of living pay increase for all workers in the civil service of 8-10% (figure to be finalised following the consultation) with a significant underpin.
- A Living Wage of £10 an hour nationally and £11.55 in London.
- National bargaining on pay across the UK civil service.
- Equal pay and coherence of pay and terms and conditions across those areas.
If we do not receive a positive response from the Cabinet Office on our pay demands, the NEC proposes that we hold an industrial action ballot next March on the following basis:
- The scope of the ballot is the UK Civil Service (exact coverage to be finalised following the consultation).
- That bargaining areas with members outside that definition are consulted about whether they would wish to pursue separate disputes on the same campaign timetable.
- That the ballot will run from the beginning of March to finish by 10 April, 2019 (start date to be finalised following the consultation).
A special NEC will take place in early February 2019 to consider the results of the consultation and take final decisions on the campaign.