Ahead of our payday protests on Wednesday (31 January) we reveal 11 of the workplaces hardest hit by the government’s 1% civil service pay cap.
Reps are organising protests outside workplaces to show why they desperately need the 1% pay cap to be lifted and for the government to deliver fully-funded, above inflation pay rises for all public sector workers. Members across the UK have been using the PCS pay calculator to work out how much they have lost because of 7 years of the freeze and subsequent cap. Workplace reps have then added all the individual results together for a combined workplace total.
PCS has called for urgent talks with the Cabinet Office over our 2018 pay claim which demands 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.
We have compiled a list of some of the workplaces hardest hit by the government’s attacks on pay. We have used our pay calculator and data on the civil service and inputted the average civil service pay of £25,000. We then calculated the average loss for each civil servant has been £4,400 which we multiplied by the total number of full-time equivalent staff in the workplace concerned.
11 of hardest hit places
- Abbeywood in Gloucestershire - £30,580,000
- HMRC and DWP site, Benton Park View near Newcastle - £29,128,000
- DVLA in Swansea - £21,648,000
- Marsham Street in London - £15,136,000
- Ty Glas in Llanishen, Cardiff - £12,672,000
- 100 Parliament Street, London - £12,628,000
- HMRC Waterview Park, Washington - £11,440,000
- DWP Warbreck Hill Road, Blackpool - £11,176,000
- Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Victoria Street, London - £11 million
- Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff - £10,736,000
- HMRC office, East Kilbride - £8,052,000.
What you can do
- Encourage your friends and colleagues at work to take part in activities and protest events for the next payday, 31 January.
- Use the pay calculator and email your results to the chancellor.
- Distribute payday protest materials to members.
- Talk to members face-to-face in your branch.
- Download and circulate the hard copy petition to the chancellor to members.
- Show non-members the pay calculator and ask them to join PCS.
- Find out more about our pay campaign.