Thousands of HMRC staff declare war on public-sector pay cap
THOUSANDS of tax office staff will stage payday protests across the country today against the government’s public-sector wage cap.
Civil servants’ union PCS members working for HM Revenue and Customs will attend rallies to send a powerful message to management that they will not accept a below-inflation 1 per cent pay rise.
Wages in the Civil Service have fallen by around 12 per cent in real terms over the past decade, which has also seen a programme of office closures, the union said.
The union highlighted the fact that many public-sector workers are being forced to turn to payday loans and foodbanks just to pay bills and feed their families.
At the same time, PCS pointed out that the cap was causing widespread pay inequality as workers’ pay is frozen while chief executives’ wages skyrocket.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said there was now an “overwhelming and unarguable case to end the public-sector pay cap to prevent a further decline in living standards in the coming years.”
He warned: “Members are angry at another year of a pay cut in real terms. With inflation well above the government pay cap, this puts more of our members in poverty.
“The government should be rewarding hard-working staff, not making them suffer.”