Update: civil service unions legal proceedings on pay

21 Aug 2018

PCS, Prospect and FDA have launched legal proceedings seeking judicial review of the government’s consultation over the 2018 civil service pay guidance.

This legal action follows a number of failed attempts to resolve the dispute with ministers. Instead, the government has made clear in defending its position that there was never any attempt to meaningfully consult the unions on the new civil service pay cap, and did not trust the unions to keep any proposed figure confidential during negotiations.

The pay remit guidance was published last month and imposed a pay award well below inflation. Unions had argued that the application for Judicial Review on failure to consult was time-critical, given that civil service employers are now relying on this guidance to inform their pay offers for this year.

The court accepted our arguments and has agreed to seek a date to consider the application for Judicial Review as quickly as possible.

A copy of the letter signed by all three unions is below. 

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