UP TO 100 members of the PCS civil service union attended a lunchtime rally over pay on Friday of last week. They gathered outside deputy prime minister John Prescott's office at the Department of the Environment, Transport and Regions (DETR). PCS members in the DETR have had a pay deal imposed on them after rejecting it in a ballot. The dispute is not just about the small amount of money on offer, but also over Performance Related Pay, which has been shown to discriminate against black staff and people with disabilities.
PCS members had hoped PRP would be scrapped by New Labour when it came to office. But instead the government embraced the system. Delegations from the PCS at the nearby Home Office, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and the Passport Agency joined the rally.