PCS has called for urgent talks with the Cabinet Office over our 2018 pay claim which calls for a fully-funded 5% pay rise, a Living Wage of £10 an hour, pay equality across the civil service and a common pay and grading structure.
A decisive yes vote by tens of thousands of PCS members in our consultative ballot on pay last year sent a powerful message to the government to act to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and fund above inflation pay rises. Our general secretary Mark Serwotka has outlined our demands in a letter to new Cabinet Office minister David Lidington. He called it a “matter of shame for the government” that a number of departments of state, including HMRC, have recently had to raise pay rates for their lowest paid workers to comply with the statutory National Minimum Wage.
Mark said: “Our members have clearly had enough of falling living standards and day-to-day struggles to survive on appalling rates of pay. Action must now be taken to address this situation, alongside action to address the structural problems within pay systems in the civil service and its related bodies.”
Unjustifiable pay restraint
Since the economic crash in 2008, PCS members in the civil service and its related bodies have been subjected to unjustifiable pay restraint policies designed to make them pay for a crisis not of their making.
The imposition of pay restraint has compounded the problems caused by years of a delegated bargaining system that has resulted in huge inequities within pay systems with workers doing broadly the same jobs for wildly different rates of pay. This system has created discriminatory practices that, nearly 50 years after the Equal Pay Act, should be considered shameful for any government.