PCS slams government's failure to use the budget to act on public sector pay

22 Nov 2017

PCS members and workers across the public sector face growing pay poverty as chancellor Philip Hammond failed to act to address the crisis in public sector pay in his budget this lunchtime.

Pay in the public sector has been frozen and then capped for the past 7 years, causing huge hardship for hundreds of thousands of people.

PCS called on the government to:

  • End to the 1% pay cap - now, with pay increases above the rate of inflation to compensate members for the cut in living standards, of 5% or £1200, whichever is the greater
  • Guarantee a Living Wage of at least £10 per hour on all pay policies and contracts
  • Return to national pay bargaining at Cabinet Office level on pay for all staff in the civil service and its related bodies
  • Resource HMRC adequately to collect tax required to properly fund public services.

But the chancellor completely failed to address any of these issues in his budget today.

Mark Serwotka's verdict

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka’s gave his verdict on the budget:

“The abject failure of the chancellor to address the issue of public sector pay sums up this government’s attitude to its own workforce. In his Budget the chancellor failed to either make clear the cap is to be scrapped or put additional funding into departments to fund above inflation pay increases," he said.

"It shows the government doesn't care about the crisis that its austerity programme has created. Our members sent a resounding message to the chancellor in a recent ballot that the cap needed to be scrapped. His failure to listen and act is staggering. 

"PCS will now, as a matter of urgency, step up our campaign on pay, in alliance with other public sector unions, to force the chancellor – or anyone who replaces him – to rectify this deeply damaging policy.”

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