Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/378/4258

From The Socialist newspaper, 29 January 2005

Civil service pay victory

Major concessions won in Department for Work and Pensions battle

AFTER EIGHTEEN months of struggle, including six days of national action, unofficial action, non-cooperation with the Performance and Development System (PDS), suspensions, work to rule and an overtime ban, PCS activists and members in the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) are entitled to feel a real sense of achievement over the pay offer that is rightly being recommended by the group executive committee (GEC).

Rob Williams and John McInally, PCS national executive committee members, report:

THE DEAL means major and substantial progress for members and represents a massive defeat and humiliation for DWP management, particularly for Permanent Secretary Sir Richard Mottram.

The successful campaign is a massive achievement for PCS - a solid testament to the determination of members to stand up to an arrogant and vicious management. It vindicates the strategy of the fighting Left leadership at both group and national level, who were prepared to lead members and stand up to the most anti-union management in the civil service. The GEC strategy of national action as the most effective method of exerting maximum industrial pressure on management has been proven to work.

PDS - broken beyond repair

THE SCALE of defeat inflicted on DWP management can only be fully appreciated by seeing how completely their reactionary plans for DWP pay have been smashed.

They sought to impose the Personal Development System (PDS) as part of a wider strategy to achieve individual pay and destroy collective bargaining. If successful it would have been a huge defeat for PCS.

It would also have meant PDS-type systems being imposed throughout the civil service and across the public sector. While defeating PDS was members' main objective, forcing the Treasury to break their 3.5% pay cap and, at the same time, making DWP management concede gains for the lowest paid is also a major step forward for all.

PCS has broken the link between basic pay and PDS at every grade. The hated Relative Assessment Panels are to be replaced by a local "Moderating meeting" and decisions need to be reasonable, fair, and properly explained. A full grievance procedure (which is retrospective) has also been secured.

The excellent non-cooperation campaign has done its job and the worst aspects of PDS have been beaten. It would be wrong to squander the sacrifice and efforts of members by failing to secure these concessions through rejecting the offer.

Treasury cap broken

THE DEAL breaks the Treasury pay cap of 3.5% for 2004 settlements, a real achievement in current circumstances and recognition of the strength of the union campaign.

The deal, which is for three years, is in overall terms worth 4.6% in the first year, and 4.1% in the following years. Management did not want to pay any underpinning to anybody but the deal guarantees an underpinning of 650 in year one and 600 in the next two years.

There is also a 100 lump sum for all satisfactory performers and overall guaranteed minimum consolidated pay increases for all staff of at least 1,850 over the three-year period.

In 2003 management imposed an offer that gave an increase of less than the rate of inflation, in this deal there is a 3% increase for those on the maximum, which protects against inflation. Management wanted to give 4% to those on the minimum but the deal has secured 5%.

Management wanted 60 million to be spent on non-consolidated, lump sum performance-related pay bonuses but PCS negotiators have reduced this to 21 million.

Campaign delivers gains for low paid

THE PAY campaign has exposed the low pay scandal in DWP and in the civil service generally. PCS has forced management to abandon their dismissive attitude toward low pay and begin to address it.

PCS has secured increases of 15% over the next three years for those on the minimum. While this does not go far enough - and there is still a very long way to go - it is a major step forward.

General Secretary, Mark Serwotka, who is endorsing the DWP group executive recommendation, is right when he states this dispute has shown PCS at its best - where a campaigning union stands up to serious management attacks through determined campaigning with industrial action and defeats those attacks and actually win concessions.

A strength of the union campaign has been the group executive's willingness to consult rank-and-file representatives. A meeting of branch representatives on 21 January endorsed the group executive's recommendation, by an overwhelming 80 votes to 16.

This struggle has strengthened PCS in DWP and nationally. The 17,000 new members recruited in the last year show campaigning is the best recruitment tool of all. It has been a landmark in the process of transforming PCS from right-wing business unionism to a fighting, democratic organisation capable of defending and delivering for members.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 29 January 2005:

Iraq: Elections won't end crisis

Iraq: 'Elections' can't hide the deepening crisis

Bush's 'coronation': Stoking the fires of opposition

Immigration: Howard's desperate, hypocritical policy

Kilroy's brief encounter (part four)

Pensions - turn anger into action!

Vote Roger Bannister

Civil service pay victory

Tube workers win 35-hour week through strike action

French public-sector workers show their strength

Poverty adds to chaos in Aceh and Sri Lanka

After Zhao's death, where is China heading?

Slovakian trade union confronts Austrian multinational


 

Home   |   The Socialist 29 January 2005   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Civil Service:

triangleDriving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

trianglePCS union says no to pay misery

trianglePCS pay cap ballot closes soon

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

triangleBalloting members on the pay cap

Pay:

triangleRetail sector crunch: nationalise to save jobs

triangleLocal government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded

triangleDemonstrations by uni students and staff greet Bath vice-chancellor resignation

triangleArriva bus strikers stand firm

Pensions:

triangleBT pensions review - oppose the attacks on the pension schemes

trianglePlymouth PCS members fight relocation threat

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

John McInally:

triangleIncreased majority for Democracy Alliance

trianglePCS election: Vote Democracy Alliance

PCS:

trianglePCS Left Unity celebrates 40th anniversary at annual conference

DWP:

triangleDWP to outsource more work to Capita

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

13/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

Housing

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

6/12/17

Transport

Arriva bus strikers stand firm

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Dec Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

More ...

triangle13 Dec Caerphilly Socialist Party: Are we heading for an era of war?

triangle14 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Universal Credit - the Tories' latest assault on the poor

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2