PCS issues Highways England strike warning

The PCS has warned of strike action at Highways England after its members were offered a 1% pay increase when their boss pocketed a 9.7% rise.

The government owned company imposed the 1% pay cap, despite not being subject to the pay remit guidance which ties government departments to a 1.5% pay cap.

On top of the derisory pay offer, FOI requests from PCS have revealed a huge increase in senior grade numbers earning above £100k, the vast majority male, and not being subject to the pay-cap.

And the annual report shows that Highways England’s chief executive officer Jim O’Sullivan now earns more than £400,000. In fact, £1,103 a day. That’s up from £366,868 last year; a rise of 9.7%.

Staff are considering all of their options including industrial action.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “It is an outrage that our members are being punished with a de-facto 1% pay cap when top executives are taking home £100k plus.

“When you consider that management at HE are not constrained by the government’s pay cap, it is a double slap in the face for members to be punished on pay and see their own top management laughing all the way to the bank.

“HE need to negotiate a fair rise with the union and examine their whole approach by paying hard working staff properly. We will be looking at all options including industrial action.”

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