Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/967/26305

From The Socialist newspaper, 18 October 2017

PCS ballots members to send message to government: scrap the pay cap

A PCS picket, photo Elaine Brunskill

A PCS picket, photo Elaine Brunskill   (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.

PCS assistant general secretary Chris Baugh says: "The PCS pay ballot is an unequivocal message to the government that not only do our members deserve a pay rise but they've had enough of subsidising public service cuts. The average pay of a civil servant has fallen by 20% since 2010.

"We are stepping up our action to end the pay cut as part of a fully funded pay settlement - not taken from other areas of public sector funding - and as a major civil service trade union for the restoration of national pay bargaining on behalf of all our members.

"This resolve runs throughout the public sector and any attempts to play one off against the other will only serve to strengthen this and the potential of coordinated action in the new year."

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 wants to send a strong, clear and united message to the government, to scrap the pay cap and fund inflation-proofing pay increases. PCS is demanding a rise of 5% or 1,200, whichever is greater.

Ballot

The ballot consists of two questions:

PCS is urging members to vote Yes to both. The ballot ends on 6 November.

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


In The Socialist 18 October 2017:


What we think

Tories torn - bin them now


Socialist Party news and analysis

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

Young people being strangled by debts

Tories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

Obesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

What we saw


Socialist Party workplace news

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

PCS ballots members on the pay cap

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

Unite local government sector plans strike ballot

Salford Unison condemns pay cuts


October revolution 1917

Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

October 1917 reviews: 'More bright than any heaven'

October 1917 centenary pull-out and poster


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

Uprising to save the NHS!

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea


International socialist news and analysis

Campaign against political repression in Hong Kong


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Powerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future


 

Home   |   The Socialist 18 October 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

PCS:

triangleSheffield Eastern Ave Job Centre strike ends

trianglePlymouth PCS members fight relocation threat

trianglePay cap decisively rejected by PCS union members

trianglePCS pay cap ballot closes soon

triangleTrade unionists march to defend 650 local jobs

Government:

triangleDisability cuts outrage: my story

triangleScotland: BiFab workers' occupation and march secures jobs and pay guarantee

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: How could a Corbyn government avoid sabotage?

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Pay:

triangleLeeds college workers protest poor pay rises

triangleVirgin train workers vote for strike action over pay

triangleVirgin train workers ballot for strike action

Union:

triangleUsdaw general secretary coronation

triangleWarrington Socialist Party: The battle of Winwick Quay

Jobs:

triangleIs cuts-making Preston 'beating Tory austerity'?

Inflation:

triangleTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

Civil Service:

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

Public sector:

triangleBosses say 217 years to close pay gap - workers' struggle can close it now!

Trade union:

triangleObituary: Derek Robinson, car workers' leader, 1927-2017

Chris Baugh:

triangleMass rally to commemorate 1917 Russian Revolution

Budget:

triangleSocialism 2017 Socialist Students meet-up

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

22/11/17

Disability

Disability cuts outrage: my story

22/11/17

Southampton

Southampton: Corbynista success but cuts continue

22/11/17

Nottingham

Nottingham 'Reclaim the Night' march highlights cuts to women's centres

22/11/17

Socialist Students

Socialism 2017 Socialist Students meet-up

22/11/17

Student

Lively student demonstration for free education could have been much bigger

22/11/17

Leeds

Leeds college workers protest poor pay rises

22/11/17

Usdaw

Usdaw general secretary coronation

22/11/17

Scotland

Scotland: BiFab workers' occupation and march secures jobs and pay guarantee

16/11/17

Sheffield

Sheffield Eastern Ave Job Centre strike ends

16/11/17

Virgin

Virgin train workers vote for strike action over pay

15/11/17

Students

March for free education! We demand a future!

15/11/17

Plymouth

Plymouth PCS members fight relocation threat

15/11/17

Virgin

Virgin train workers ballot for strike action

15/11/17

Carlisle

Carlisle socialists campaign against Universal Credit

15/11/17

Haringey

Corbyn must challenge pro-gentrification council leader or others will

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
photo: GMB

triangle22 Nov After the budget: step up the fight against austerity!

triangle21 Nov Zimbabwe: Mugabe gone - but his regime remains in power

triangle15 Nov March for free education! We demand a future!

triangle15 Nov Tories on the brink - kick them out!

Socialism 2017

triangle14 Nov Socialism 2017: Organising to fight back

triangle13 Nov Strike wave continues with 49 walkout days by housing workers

triangle10 Nov US: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

More ...

triangle22 Nov Caerphilly Socialist Party: Women and Revolution

triangle22 Nov Cardiff West Socialist Party: How do Marxists analyse the world?

triangle22 Nov Salford Socialist Party: 70 years since the partition of the Indian subcontinent

triangle22 Nov Tower Hamlets Socialist Party: Organising for socialist change

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

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