Civil servants protest about pay freeze

pcs-demoProtests about pay are this lunchtime taking place across the UK as civil servants call on the government to end the 1% cap.

Events are being held outside workplaces on what is the final payday of the financial year.

Since 2010, the combined effect of the two-year pay freeze followed by the ongoing 1% cap, changes to pensions and the increase in National Insurance contributions, has hit living standards.

From 2010 to 2016 average civil service pay fell by between £2,000 and £3,500 in real terms – a larger decline than the rest of the public sector and the wider economy.

The current government’s plan to keep the 1% cap in place until 2020 seriously undermines the prime minister’s claim that she wants to help “just managing” families, the union says.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Brexit will put extra strain on a civil service already struggling to cope and to add insult to injury, dedicated public servants face three more years of pay cuts.

“Theresa May promised to help ‘just managing’ families and has the opportunity to start with her government’s own employees who are unable to make ends meet.”

You can follow the protests here.

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