PCS pay campaign

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It’s time to pay up!

The 1% civil service pay cap, the removal of salary progression, increased pension scheme and National Insurance contributions – these have all combined to create a perfect storm.

Many civil servants are struggling to make ends meet – it’s clear that PCS members need and deserve a better pay deal.

That is why the union has launched a new pay campaign to fight for a rise of more than 1%.

Expert research from the University of Surrey, commissioned by PCS, has uncovered the true facts and figures behind the 1% pay cap and its real impact on civil service pay.

The research shows that between 2010 and 2016 the value of earnings in the civil service has fallen further than the value of pay in the rest of the public sector, and in the economy as a whole.

PCS will be presenting these findings to the Treasury. We believe that they make a powerful case for the government to reconsider their civil service pay policy and lift the 1% cap.

What’s the plan?

As part of the union’s powerful new pay campaign. We will:

  • present irrefutable evidence of the damaging effects of civil service pay policy to the Treasury and Cabinet Office, arguing that the 1% pay cap be lifted
  • make the case that the 2017 Treasury Pay Remit should enable civil service employers to start to restore the value of pay, by enabling them to negotiate increases in civil service pay above the rate of inflation
  • draw up a national, model pay claim
  • gather information on pay issues and pay bargaining in each PCS Group
  • develop an effective workplace-focused campaign
  • engage with other unions through the TUC and TUCG to discuss possible effective, coordinated action.

Support the fighting fund

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We are asking all members to make a voluntary donation of £2 a month to support striking members whose action could exert significant pressure on the government to enter into national negotiations over the key issues in our dispute:

  • Pay
  • Pensions
  • Jobs
  • Terms and conditions
  • Privatisation.

Making this small donation could help make major gains for all members on pay, pensions, jobs and terms and conditions.

Our strategy

Sustained targeted industrial action has proved a successful tool in trade union disputes throughout history, but has to be funded to ensure members involved are not left in poverty.

In our consultation in 2013, dozens of branches said they were willing to take targeted action. Our national disputes committee is now working with branches and reps to look at how this could work in practice.

Encourage your colleagues to back the fighting fund and, if they haven’t already, to join PCS.

You can donate by:

  • Paypal (see buttons at bottom of page)
  • Writing a cheque for £24 made payable to PCS fighting fund levy and sending it to PCS Finance Department, Freepost, BFH1003, 160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2BR
  • Completing a direct debit form (PDF download)

Get involved

Some PCS members report that by the end of each month they face difficult choices between paying bills and putting food on the table. Please let us know:

  • What have you have had to do to make ends meet?
  • If yours is a ‘just about managing’ family, what does that mean in reality?
  • What would an inflation-busting pay rise mean for you?

Please email your stories to editor@pcs.org.uk

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