Rolling pay strikes in Scotland in the run up to Burns Night

pay_campaign_landing_pagePCS members in the Scottish government sector are taking part in a strike action from 21 to 26 January.

The rolling programme of action for fair pay started on 8 December 2014 when members in Registers of Scotland took action followed by a Boxing Day walkout at the National Museum of Scotland. Next there will be rolling strike action between 21 and 26 January.

In the week which sees publication of the next phase of the Smith Commission proposals for further devolution, PCS is calling for pay justice across the devolved sector.

Members’ suffering

The on-going pay freezes and capped rises have seen the purchasing power of members’ salaries decrease by approximately 20% since 2010, even without taking into account the impact of increased pension contributions. 13% of members who responded to a recent survey reported debts of over £10,000, some have second jobs to make ends meet and shockingly, some Scottish government staff have had to turn to foodbanks.

Lynn Henderson, PCS Scottish Secretary said: “It is appalling that civil servants delivering directly to Scottish Ministers are reporting such harrowing personal financial circumstances.

“There is hard evidence to show that public sector workers can no longer bear the burden of austerity cuts, and PCS members across Scottish devolved employers including Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament are taking strike action this week to demand from Scottish Ministers and our employers an end to the Scottish public sector pay squeeze.”

Programme of action

The action starts with the Scottish Government on Wednesday 21 January.

PCS members in the Scottish Parliament, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Audit Scotland and Scottish Public Services Ombudsman are taking action on Thursday 22 January.

Members in the culture sector, including national museums, galleries, VisitScotland and sportscotland will be taking action on Friday 23 January.

Members in the justice sector will be striking on Monday 26 January.

Strike action will be held across workplaces of the following employers:-

Wednesday 21 January 2015

  • Scottish Government
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • Architecture and Design Scotland
  • Highlands and Islands airports
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Skills Development Scotland

Thursday 22 January 2015

  • Scottish Parliament
  • Audit Scotland
  • Scotland’s Commission for Children and Young people
  • Scottish Public Service Ombudsman

Friday 23 January 2015

  • Creative Scotland
  • Historic Scotland
  • National library of Scotland
  • Sportsscotland
  • Visit Scotland

Monday 26 January

  • Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
  • Risk Management Authority
  • Scottish Prisons Service
  • Scottish Courts Service

Our demands

  • Fair pay for all public sector workers
  • An end to low pay
  • A transparent and coherent pay system across the Scottish public sector.

What you can do

  • Support the strikes
  • Recruit non-members to PCS
  • Donate to the fighting fund
  • Sign up for direct debit subscriptions
  • Support PCS members in other Scottish departments and bodies as they take action.
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