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The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) today  held lunchtime protest demonstrations across the country outside major civil service workplaces. Members highlighted the loss of £1.7 billion pounds as a result of the 7 years of pay cuts, freezes and caps.

Civil Servants staging a protest outside the Home Office in Whitehall were joined by Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of PCS, and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP.

Mark Serwotka said at the rally “staff have had enough of the cuts to their living standards, it’s time for an above inflation pay rise to compensate for the years of austerity. I have written to the Minister demanding he meet PCS as a matter of urgency to discuss this pay scandal”

John McDonnell added “Our commitment to you, as set out in our manifesto, is that a future Labour government will scrap the cap. Public servants working hard to deliver our services deserve nothing less.”

PCS has been calling for an above inflation pay rise and for the pay cap to be scrapped. PCS wrote to the Chancellor seeking assurances that funding would be put into civil service budgets to allow for above inflation pay rises but no such assurances have been given.

PCS has now submitted a formal pay claim for the civil service to David Lidington at the Cabinet Office asking for an increase of 5% or £1200 whichever is the greater to partly compensate for the loss in living standards over the past 7 years and a return to national pay bargaining to replace the current and costly system of over 200 pay bargaining units.

Protests took place across the UK – the offices below show some of the biggest losses –

HMRC Birmingham (City Centre House) - £7 million

DVLA Swansea - £12 million

ONS and UK Intellectual Property Newport - £14 million



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