PCS continues to press for an above-inflation pay settlement across the civil service and related areas in talks with the Cabinet Office ahead of the publication of the Treasury’s pay remit guidance, expected in the next few days.
Pay talks with the employer have been held nationally over the last few months, including consultation on the remit guidance, which provides a framework for all civil service departments to set pay for 2019 to 2020. But we have received no indication that the government is prepared to shift its position on pay, effectively capping pay at 1-1.5% unless our members agree to sacrifice their hard-won terms and conditions, which we strongly oppose. We have made the point that the massive vote for action on pay in our national ballot shows the strength of feeling among members.
Further meetings have taken place with the employer in the past week, on 30 May and Monday (3 June), and we are attempting to influence the content of the remit guidance, in particular the pay range figure.
Readiness for a further ballot
Our national executive committee has agreed, in a motion supported by PCS conference, that we must continue to build our organisation in readiness for a further national ballot, which may be required at some point in the year ahead. In spite of our engagement with the Cabinet Office centrally on pay, our focus will now switch to what bargaining units can achieve at delegated level. This may involve disputes, and our national executive committee has agreed to provide full support to any group disputes on pay in 2019 and to encourage close liaison between groups in dispute.
Thank you for your support for our pay campaign, our NEC remains determined to continue to campaign for above-inflation increases and to ensure that PCS can in future exceed the 50% ballot threshold. The NEC is meeting later this month and further guidance and information will also be issued following that meeting and following the publication of the remit.