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PCS pay cap ballot closes soon
PCS contingent on the 1.7.17 People's Assembly demo, photo JB (Click to enlarge)
The civil servants' union PCS is stepping up its pay campaign by holding a consultative ballot, timed to coincide with the autumn budget.
The average pay of a civil servant will have fallen by 20% since 2010.
The decision to ballot follows the union's correspondence to the prime minister after the general election demanding an immediate end to the 1% cap.
Damian Green, minister for the cabinet office, in a complacent and dismissive response to the union, claimed that "the civil service offers an exceptional package of benefits which are among the best available". Despite 120,000 jobs cut, there is a "trade-off" between pay and jobs, he added.
PCS is sending a message to the government - scrap the pay cap and fund inflation-proofing pay increases. PCS is demanding a rise of 5% or £1,200, whichever is greater. The ballot ends on 6 November.
- Socialism 2017 (11 and 12 November, central London)
Discussions include: workers v bosses - who will win the low-pay war?