Civil Servants being forced to accept abismal pay offer


Just been forwarded this by a collegue,

Some of you make think that the CS are a group of overpaid jumped up little hitlers, but when you realise that 2/3rds are on less than 16K. they are getting royal fukced over with their pay rise. reminds me of another group umm oh .... no can't think the name has slipped my mind :p

they are being offered 2.5% pay increase against the 3.7% rise in inflation WTF and it's 6 months late........ but what gets me pi55ed off is if you take into account that MPs are asking for a 40% pay increase and will more than likely get it!

I wonder, how many of you feel like lying to constituants, planting trees, partying in london, sleeping on leather seats, getting paid 60K a year but also claiming admin fees for your wife to be your secretary in addition to claiming for a second home so 100K a year will that be alright.

so form a nice Q.

anyway here's the letter

Ministry of Defence said:
To : All Members in Ministry of Defence

1 December 2006 MoD/MB/23/06

Dear Colleague,


On Thursday 30th November PCS received a final and formal pay offer for non industrial staff from the MoD. The main details and the background to the offer are set out in full at the Annex to this circular. Further details are also available from your Branch who have been sent a copy of the full offer letter. The PCS MoD Group Executive Committee met yesterday and decided unanimously to recommend that members reject this appalling pay offer for the following reasons:

1. The offer represents a massive and unjustifiable pay cut for most MoD Staff. With inflation running at 3.7% and rising an offer of a 2.5% increase if just not good enough.

2. There will be no increase in the value of pay bands. Most staff will get a 2.5% progression step only. There is no revalorisation of pay spine points.

3. Money has been committed to shorten pay bands. Whilst this is overdue and welcome, MoD are doing this at the expense of cost of living increases for all staff. This is unacceptable.

4. MoD proposes to slash the pay band maxima for staff in the E1 and E2 pay bands. This is an appalling attack on the lowest paid staff. At Band D the max is frozen.

5. In the C and B pay bands the Department have introduced infinite progression. Under these arrangements staff will never be able to get to their Pay Band Maxima because the max rises at the same pace that staff move up their pay spine.

6. MoD proposes to continue their discredited Bonus Scheme. The system is still based on relative assessment – meaning that staff can perform well and receive a good report and still not get a Bonus. The proposed abolition of cluster panels means that there will be no impartial assessment of award and there is still no moderation process that allows staff to complain if they do not believe that they have been fairly treated.

7. The Department has failed to equality proof the pay offer meaning that there is no guarantee that staff will be treated fairly.

8. The offer makes a derisory proposal to staff in inner London and proposes to freeze outer London weighting.

9. The offer is 6 months late, and after waiting for so long staff should not have to accept a pay cut and quite vicious attacks on their standards of living.

10. The Department have completely ignored the view of their staff. The PCS Pay claim, supported by 95.7% of members in June this year, has been rejected without any real explanation. Affordable PCS proposals, such as a guaranteed underpin of £800 for all staff were dismissed out of hand.

Next Steps

PCS asks all members to attend the Pay meeting and to vote to reject this derisory offer in the forthcoming ballot. Many MoD staff are struggling to make ends meet. The cost of living is rising rapidly. Inflation continues to increase; fuel bills have risen by an average of 20%, and since its introduction Council Tax has increased by an average 131%. Those of you with mortgages payments to find will be paying more. In these circumstances we believe that this pay offer is little short of an outrage.

The Department will no doubt blame the Treasury for this abysmal and insulting offer. This is undoubtedly true. Pay cuts and attacks on standards of living are being demanded by New Labour across the Civil Service in the 2006 pay round. PCS members will have their opportunity to resist these attacks by voting to support strike action across the Civil Service on 31st January 2007.

However many loyal and hard working MoD staff will want to know why their employer did not fight harder for money on their behalf. MoD staff deserve better, standing together we can demand better.