Civil servants’ living standards have been slashed by a fifth under this government’s cuts to pay and pensions, the PCS said at the TUC congress today. Taking into account pay cuts, the increase in monthly pension contributions and inflation, by 2015 …

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, PCS,

PCS logoRGB Civil servants’ living standards have been slashed by a fifth under this government’s cuts to pay and pensions, the PCS said at the TUC congress today.

Taking into account pay cuts, the increase in monthly pension contributions and inflation, by 2015 civil servants will have suffered a real terms 20% cut in their incomes under this government.

Speaking in the debate this morning PCS assistant general secretary Chris Baugh said: “In the last four years FTSE 100 directors pay has increased by 147%. In that same four years, the average value of wages has fallen by 8.5% – costing workers a total of £64 billion a year.

“Employment in the public sector has grown, but this has mostly been minimum wage, zero-hours contracts and self employment, which has led to low wage growth.

“We need co-ordinated industrial action across sectors and we need new tactics and targeted action to bring the government to the negotiating table.”

The union’s national executive will hold a special meeting after the conference to decide on whether to join the latest co-ordinated public sector strikes planned for October.

 


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