PCS payday protests, Friday 31 March

30 March 2017

PCS payday protests

PCS payday protests are inspiring members with events planned across the country on Friday (31 March) and branches organising petitions, lunchtime meetings, recruitment sessions and photoshoots to urge the government to end the 1% pay cap.

Our payday protests will send a clear message to the government that we need and deserve a decent pay rise and will back up our national pay claim to the Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer and the head of the civil service Jeremy Heywood.

Take-home pay for PCS members in the civil service and related bodies has been driven down by the 1% pay cap, by changes to the pension scheme and by increases to National Insurance contributions, causing real hardship. We say, it’s time to put this right and negotiate a real pay increase.

Members are holding short, high-profile events at their workplaces, coming together for an eye-catching photo opportunity using PCS photo opp cards and publicising these on social media and the PCS website.

Activities are already under way. Many branches are planning leafletting sessions throughout the week as well as recruitment events.

There have been pay petition-signing sessions at various workplaces in the past few days, including at the Department for Work and Pensions, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, courts across Merseyside, RAF Cosford, and at the Insolvency Service in Plymouth.

You can download and print out a petition to Treasury minister David Gauke to use in your workplace. Complete and return it by 9 June to your PCS rep at work or to the PCS Organising Department, PCS, 160 Falcon Road, London SW11 2LN.

You can also keep up the pressure by emailing the minister.

Top concern

The issue of pay was top of the list of concerns for HMRC members in Glasgow at PCS-run events last week. Asked what one thing they would change about their job in the department the overwhelming response was ‘pay’.

We are holding lunchtime recruitments events today, tomorrow and Thursday at Abbeywood, the large Ministry of Defence site near Bristol, when the issue of pay will be on the minds of members and potential members. If you are interested in joining PCS, or have any questions, look out for PCS representatives who will be supported by staff from the PCS South West regional office.

There will also be a stall where members can sign the petition to tell the Treasury to scrap the pay cap.

Here are some highlights of what is happening across the country on Friday. Let us know what you’re planning by emailing editor@pcs.org.uk

Birmingham

Victoria Square – 12:30-1pm

 

Bootle

At the Triad in Stanley Road there will be a signature collection for our petition from noon and a demonstration and photo opportunity from 1pm.

Outside Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Merseyside, there is a protest meeting, petition signing and speeches at 1pm involving all EBU- HSE, Acas, Charity Commission, DWP ICE, VOA and ONR.

 

Bristol

Leafleting and petitioning is planned outside shared site Temple Quay House during the morning followed by a protest at 1pm.

Cardiff

There will be a protest outside the Welsh Government Offices Cathays at 12:30pm. Wales devolved sector branches, and any other members who can attend are welcome to participate. Support will be provided from the PCS Wales Office.

 

Glasgow 

There will be a short protest at 1pm outside Buchanan Galleries in Buchanan Street.

Branches who have confirmed they are taking part include DWP Glasgow Greater Glasgow, HMRC GGC Valuation, EHRC, and Scottish Government West and Central.

Leeds

Event outside Leeds town hall at 12.30pm.

 

Liverpool 

There is a protest at Shannon Court in  Princes Parade at 12.30pm, followed by a rally at Derby Square, by the QEII law courts, at 1pm.

London 

Central London-based members will gather outside the Treasury building at 1pm, with speakers and photo stunts taking our message right to the heart of government.

 

Newcastle

Event at Longbenton site car park entrance at 12.15pm.

 

Newport

A 15-minute walkout is planned for noon outside the ONS building.

 

Nottingham 

Members’ protest at Apex Court at 11.30am.

A members’ meeting has been organised for 12.30pm near the HMRC building in Castle Meadows.

 

Portsmouth 

Outside HMRC, Lynx House, Northern Road, Cosham, at 11:30am.

 

Sheffield 

Event outside Sheffield BEIS office at 12.30pm.

 

Swansea

Outside the DVLA office, PCS reps will be leafletting information about the PCS campaign for a pay rise in the early morning with support from the PCS Wales Office. And there will also be a petition-signing session.

 

Telford

Outside HMRC offices, Abbey House, Whitechapel Way – 12:30-1pm.

 

Wrexham

Wrexham tax office, car park steps, Plas Gororau, noon.

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