CIVIL servants called for an end to the public-sector pay cap yesterday in a series of protests across Britain.
Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) demonstrated outside workplaces across the country as they demanded a “proper pay rise” warning the government that holding down wages was unsustainable.
The protests were held on the day the union said marked another year of the pay freeze.
PCS says that since the Conservatives came to power in 2010 average pay in the Civil Service has been slashed by between £2,000 and £3,500 in real terms, a bigger fall than for the rest of the public sector and the wider economy.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Civil and public service workers keep our public services running but, like workers right across the public sector, their take-home pay has been cut year on year.”
He warned that workers are being pushed into poverty and blamed the Tories for a fall in living standards.
“Theresa May’s government has lost all authority on the pay cap. Ministers can and must act immediately to increase the wages of their own workforce.
“The pay cap is unsustainable. Our message is clear. All public servants deserve a proper pay rise and the cap must be lifted now.”
Labour’s shadow treasury spokesman Peter Dowd said the protests highlighted the unfairness of the pay cap and the poor treatment of public-sector workers by the government.
“Civil servants and other public-sector workers have seen their real wages fall constantly over the seven years of Conservative pay freezes and caps.
“It is shocking that our public servants have been forced into protesting against their poor treatment and falling wages caused by the Tory government’s pay freezes and caps,” he said.