PCS union calls for MPs’ support in public sector pay battle

Civil servants are urging MPs to support a lobby of Parliament next month as they renew hostilities in the ongoing dispute about public sector pay.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) have been given letters to send to their MPs asking them to attend the event on 11 March.

The PCS is angry that government workers are facing below inflation, staged pay deals as prime minister Gordon Brown now tries to stick to his mission to keep down public sector pay, despite breaching his own target with a 2.45% offer for teachers.

The letter template available to PCS members states: “We are being told that public sector pay rises feed inflation and this is the reason for below inflation pay increases. This is clearly not the case, as confirmed by independent research and leading economists. Public sector workers are not the causes of inflation, they are its victims.”

The PCS has called for joint action from trade unions to protest against the level of pay awards.

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