Unions unite to call for withdrawal of civil service pay remit after showdown with ministers

28 Jun 2018

Civil service unions FDA and Prospect joined PCS in pressuring the government to withdraw the civil service pay remit in crunch talks last night.

PCS have issued a joint call with the FDA and Prospect to demand the government withdraws its pay remit for civil servants and those working in related areas.

In a frank exchange of views with cabinet office officials last night, all three civil service unions agreed that the 1-1.5% pay remit was “unacceptable” and accused ministers of treating government staff worse than any other part of the public sector.

They also pointed out that ministers had repeatedly promised two further consultation meetings prior to issuing the remit. However they reneged on that commitment by publishing the pay remit this week without talking to unions.

Ministers took note and agreed to inform the unions as to the status of the pay remit in the next few days. 

The government has lifted the 1% for NHS and local government workers. The Scottish government has also rewarded our members working for the devolved administration with an above one percent pay rise.

Commenting on the developments last night, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “It is clear ministers were unprepared for the strength of feeling expressed not just by us but by our colleagues in the FDA and Prospect as well.

“This show of strength by civil service unions has underlined to the government that they cannot continue to treat our members like second class staff. They need to sit down with us and negotiate a fair pay rise, just like they have with other public sector unions.

“Our pay ballot will continue and the government should be in no doubt - we are seeking the strongest mandate for strike action in order to secure the pay rise our members desperately need and deserve.”

Mark also added that it was vital members filled in their ballot papers, post them off as soon as possible and urged their colleagues to do the same.

He said: “The only way to get the government to take us seriously is to vote in massive numbers in the industrial action ballot. I urge you to vote yes and to return your ballot paper immediately. Please urge your colleagues to do the same and if they are not a member of the union, get them to join urgently so they can vote.”


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