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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 March 2017

Join the 31 March PCS pay protest

10th July 2014 PCS strikers in Trafalgar Sq, photo Judy Beishon

10th July 2014 PCS strikers in Trafalgar Sq, photo Judy Beishon   (Click to enlarge)

Marion Lloyd, PCS Left Unity national chair (personal capacity)

PCS, is calling on members to turn 31 March into a day of protest against the pay cap.

Theresa May said she is looking after the 'just about managing'. Well, thousands of the government's own workers, our members, are not at all managing. We say 'scrap the cap'!

As a consequence of the pay cap imposition, the pay of 5.4 million public sector workers is worth less now than in 2010. By 2020 the value of average wages will be £1,700 lower than in 2010.

For government employees, PCS commissioned research shows the value of average earnings has fallen by 8% since 2010, a figure which will increase to 20% by the end of the decade.

Last year's TUC conference committed the TUC to back and coordinate action against the pay cap. PCS has called upon the TUC to implement this policy.

The PCS union's Left Unity leadership will also be seeking to directly build coordinated action with other public sector unions to bust the pay cap.

This is a call that should be taken up by rank-and-file left groups in all public sector unions. Build coordinated action across the public sector to defeat the pay cap.

PCS members should join the protests. Other public sector workers should also get involved - details of events organised, and an online petition, can be found on the PCS website.

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