United civil service unions issue joint statement on pay

11 Jul 2018

PCS, FDA and Prospect have put on a united front, pledging to work together and putting pressure on the government over the issue of pay.

The three unions’ general secretaries have jointly written to chief secretary of the Treasury, Elizabeth Truss requesting an urgent meeting, following the government's refusal to withdraw civil service pay remit guidance.   

The unions are making the joint call because the government has run a "shambolic and contemptible" consultation pay process and has not taken PCS demands for meaningful talks seriously. 

Cabinet Office officials issued pay remit guidance of 1-1.5% for civil servants and related areas, meaning the de-facto pay cap is still in force and that any extra pay would have to be found through cuts to individual departments. 

This stands in stark contrast to other public sector workers in local government, the NHS and PCS members working for the Scottish government, who have all had the 1% pay cap lifted. 

To make matters worse unions were not properly consulted and Cabinet Office minister David Lidington sneaked out the pay remit guidance without directly informing unions. 

All three unions have pledged to work together and explore a "united approach" where they can over the issue of pay. 

PCS is continuing to ballot its members for strike action over pay. 

The best way to get a meaningful pay rise, is for you to fill in your ballot by voting 'yes', post it and tell your colleagues to the same. 

Our ballot closes on 23 July. 

Click here to read the letter to Liz Truss. 

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