Ahead of the opening of our consultative ballot on pay on Monday thousands of members have been using the PCS pay calculator to see how the 1% pay cap affects them.
The calculator, which has been viewed more than 11,000 times since its launch last Friday, makes a simple analysis of the impact of inflation on a civil servant’s salary over 7 years, assuming that they have received a 5% pay increase over that time. The calculator goes on to estimate the effect that the pay cap will have on the value of their pay if the pay cap continues until 2020 (using government estimates of inflation).
Once you’ve made your calculation you can email it, via the website, to chancellor Philip Hammond and your constituency MP and on share it on Twitter on Facebook.
Our members in the Disclosure and Barring Service used the calculator, during our payday protests last Friday (29), to show that if the cap stays in place until 2020, as the Tories planned, they would each have lost at least £5,000 over 10 years.
Send us your calculation and tell us why you need a pay rise. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Back the PCS campaign
PCS is campaigning against the ongoing pay restraint, first put in place by the government as a 2-year public sector pay freeze in 2010. This was then followed by a “pay cap”, set at 1%. For many PCS members pay has only increased by 5% in 7 years. In that time inflation, which measures increases in the cost of living, has increased by 21.3%. This means the value of public sector pay has fallen.
PCS and other unions have been campaigning against the pay cap, and this campaign is now starting to have an impact. There is a real possibility that the pay cap can be lifted. But there are some reports that increases will be restricted to senior civil servants and uniformed staff. All public sector workers have been covered by the pay cap, all make an important contribution and all deserve a pay rise.
This is why, ahead of the budget on 22 November, we’re stepping up our campaign by holding a consultative ballot on pay from 9 October to 6 November, including a Facebook Live event on pay with Mark Serwotka at 7pm on 11 October.
Get involved, use our calculator and send a powerful message to the government to scrap the pay cap and fully fund an above inflation pay increase for all.