PCS tells chancellor use budget to end pay misery

11 Nov 2017

Tens of thousands of chancellor Philip Hammond’s own staff are supporting the PCS campaign to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and for fully funded, above inflation pay rises, our general secretary Mark Serwotka has told him in a letter.

Mark’s letter sent on Thursday (9 November) to the chancellor, along with cabinet colleagues prime minister Theresa May, first secretary of state Damian Green, and minister for government resilience and efficiency, Caroline Nokes, highlighted the result of our pay ballot which produced a record turnout that showed 98.9% want the government to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and fund above inflation pay rises. Of this 79.2% are prepared to take strike action if the government refuses to provide above inflation pay rises.

Mark wrote: “I am now writing with further clear evidence that our pay demands have the full support of tens of thousands of your own staff. These staff voted in a PCS national consultative ballot across all government departments and bodies.”

Clearest possible message

He also said: “These results send the clearest possible message to you that your staff feel strongly that they deserve a pay rise. On their behalf, I call on you therefore to use your budget on 22 November to make the necessary resources available that allows negotiations with unions that can deliver above inflation pay rises for all staff.”

Mark said PCS wants a “resolution to the growing crisis of public sector pay” and called for urgent talks to address the issue.

The letter also recapped the main points of a meeting between the chancellor and Mark on 18 October where he asked him to use the budget on 22 November to put extra funding into the entire public sector to allow each body to negotiate with their unions above-inflation pay rises for all public sector workers. He had also highlighted our overwhelming evidence of real terms pay cuts since 2010 and outlined why extra funding is required to ensure pay rises do not come at the cost of further job cuts, and why all public sector workers deserve a pay rise.

To support his points Mark also alerted the chancellor to the fact that more than 5,000 PCS members had emailed him, after using our pay calculator to tell him how much the pay cap has impacted on their incomes.

Now is your chance to make sure the chancellor receives even more pay calculator messages from members.

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