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The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) today supported the call by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell for "an emergency Budget for our public services".

This comes after almost 99% of the union’s public sector members in a ballot result last week indicated they want to see the public sector pay cap end and investment in public services. 79% expressed willingness to take strike action if the government refuse.

This week has seen the IPPR report – Uncapped Potential – set out the economic case against the cap, and the exposure through the Paradise Papers of widespread legal tax avoidance by the richest and most powerful, proving that if the Government prioritised tax justice they could find the extra money easily.

PCS, as the union representing staff working on Universal Credit, also supported McDonnell’s call to pause the roll out. The widespread criticism of the benefit roll out by charities, local authorities, MP’s and its own workforce needs to be taken seriously.

Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary commented “McDonnell’s proposals for a Budget for public services are plain common sense against the nonsense of the Chancellor’s claims that there can be no new money to end the pay cap. The emergency Budget for public services is necessary because of the daily chaos of Theresa May’s government in crisis. Inflation has now risen to 3% CPI. Public sector workers are already thousands of pounds worse off because of pay policy. What public sector workers need is for the pay cap to be scrapped now, for above inflation pay rises to be agreed and the chancellor to guarantee the money for this in the budget. Scrapping the cap without increasing the funding to pay for it is a Tory trick that we won’t fall for

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Foreword by Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary

 

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