PCS slams civil servant coronavirus pay cut

The PCS has condemned the government for forcing a below-inflation pay ‘rise’ to civil servants working during the coronavirus crisis.

The union had demanded an above-inflation across-the-board pay rise, but ministers decided to cap any pay rise at between 1.5 and 2.5%, although RPI inflation is currently running at 2.6%.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “It is an outrageous swindle that ministers have embarked upon by offering our members a pay cut in return for their Herculean efforts during the Corona pandemic.

“It shows the hypocrisy of ministers who on the one hand, applaud and praise public sector workers but do not think they are worthy of a genuine pay rise.

“Ministers have missed an opportunity to increase pay across the board and the union will continue to campaign for pay justice until we get what our members are entitled to for the hard work they do every day serving the public.”

PCS has worked hard to make sure members are kept safe and where possible working from home to support people accessing benefits, dealing with taxes, supporting businesses and workers in the furlough scheme and protecting our borders.

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