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Huge DWP rejection of pay insult

Issue No. 2068

Members of the PCS civil service workers’ union in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have overwhelmingly rejected a below-inflation pay offer.

Some 76 percent of those voting rejected the three-year pay deal which would see pay increases for longer serving staff members of 2 percent this year, 0 percent next year and

1 percent in the final year.

Steve West, of the PCS group executive committee in the DWP, told Socialist Worker, “This was a resounding vote to reject the deal and it is not surprising. It shows how insulted members felt by the offer on the table.

“There is a lot of anger among members. The group executive is meeting next week to decide what the union should do next. We need to put pressure on management to get an inflation-proof deal, which can be done in a one-year deal.

“But if we don’t get anywhere, we will have to talk about taking action sooner rather than later – and hopefully alongside other unions.”

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Tue 11 Sep 2007, 18:38 BST
Issue No. 2068
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