PCS to stress need to scrap the cap at pre-TUC meeting

05 Sep 2017

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka will stress the need to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap at a rally in Brighton of the National Shop Stewards Network ahead of TUC Congress on Sunday (10).

PCS president Janice Godrich will chair the meeting of the grassroots trade unionists’ network in Brighton where Mark will be joined by speakers including shadow chancellor John McDonnell and the general secretaries of Unite, POA and BFAWU.

The rally runs from 1pm in the Arundel Suite at the Holiday Inn, 137 King’s Road BN1 2JF.

Since 2010, the combined effect of the two-year pay freeze followed by the ongoing 1% cap, changes to pensions and the increase in National Insurance contributions, has hit living standards.

From 2010 to 2016 average civil service pay fell by between £2,000 and £3,500 in real terms – a larger decline than the rest of the public sector and the wider economy.

Momentum growing

Momentum is growing to force the government to scrap the pay cap and give public sector workers a decent, inflation-busting pay rise.

The pay cap has come under widespread scrutiny recently, with 70% of the public supporting an end to the cap.

PCS continues to campaign for the cap to be lifted and all members to be given a rise of 5% or an increase of £1200, to start rectifying years of politically-driven pay restraint.

Payday protests were held by members in HMRC on 31 July, who were joined on 31 August protests by colleagues in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice. More protests, involving members from more departments, will take place in the run-up to the budget in November and we are holding a consultative pay ballot in the autumn to ask members what action they would support, including industrial action, to break the cap.

The PCS delegation to congress, which runs from Sunday until next Wednesday (13), will be calling for all public sector unions to unite to defeat the 1% public sector pay cap.

Find out more about the PCS pay campaign.

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