Public sector pay freeze would be resisted by PCS

13 May 2020

Reports in the media suggest government ministers might be planning a public sector pay freeze to pay for the economic damage done by the coronavirus pandemic.

A confidential Treasury report cited by The Daily Telegraph says the UK’s deficit could reach heights of £337 billion this year due to the government’s attempts to keep the economy afloat during the crisis.

Among the possible proposals being tabled include ending the triple lock on pensions, income tax hikes and a public sector pay freeze. 

The document was supposedly drawn up by chancellor Rishi Sunak who recently extended the furlough scheme until October. 

PCS members have been subject to a pay cap and real terms cuts for the last decade. 

Reacting to the possibilty of another public sector pay freeze, general secretary Mark Serwotka said:   

"Any talk of public sector workers paying for the corona crisis will be wholly resisted by PCS.

"It is outrageous to suggest some of the lowest paid who have already been unnecessarily put in danger by ministers insisting they go to work without necessary health and safety measures in place, should now pay for the privilege by enduring yet another pay freeze.

"Civil servants have already suffered 10 years of pay restraint and cuts and will not tolerate paying for the corona crisis which was not of their making."

If you have concerns read our coronavirus Q+A and you can log an enquiry with our response team by email responseteam@pcs.org.uk

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