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Fight against poverty pay offer in civil service

Issue No. 2065

Around 100,000 workers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have just received a below inflation pay offer. The PCS civil service workers’ union group executive in the DWP has rejected the offer and members are balloting over it until 10 September.

Dave Owens, a PCS DWP group executive member, said, “This is a terrible

three-year deal of 2 percent this year, 0 percent next year and 1 percent in 2009 for those on the maximum in their pay grades.

“There is a bit more for those not on the maximum, but even for them it’s still below inflation. The PCS wants the £36 million that has been put aside for performance bonuses to be used to give everyone a rise to match inflation.

“We need to reject this offer and organise a programme of strike action, hopefully in conjunction with the rest of the union, which is in dispute over job cuts, pay and privatisation.

“The union is consulting with its members about the next steps we should take in our fight.”

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