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To: Minister for the Cabinet Office, David Lidington

Champion fair pay for civil servants

My name is Tony Wallace and I am a tax professional from Glasgow, currently working in Nottingham. Like thousands of other civil servants, I work to ensure the country has what we need to educate and protect the welfare of working people.

For almost ten years my pay has stagnated and I am now in real terms much worse off than I was in 2010. Ministers are making political capital out of the end of austerity but the reality for me and my civil service colleagues is that we continue to grow poorer.

This is why I am calling on David Lidington, Minister for the Cabinet Office, to be our champion.

Why is this important?

Ministers across the government are fighting for their public sector workers. It’s time for the civil service to have its own champion.

The Government has officially lifted the public sector 1% pay cap, yet FDA members have been left barely better off.

In other areas, we have seen action and results. Ministers have fought for better departmental staff pay rises, and won. However, civil servants have been left behind with employers adopting civil service pay remit guidelines and awarding below-inflation 1.5% raises.

Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill has described the civil service as “brilliant.” But what is this brilliance worth?

Recent discoveries show that the SCS’s pay gap is widening. When can these employees expect fair and equal reward?

Join our call, and ask David Lidington to speak up for hardworking civil servants.

Reasons for signing

  • It is not fair that the civil service or public services more widely should be paying to support the country by having year after year of real terms pay cuts. This approach is doing long term damage to the public service.
  • I signed as I believe that I deserve a pay rise after years of stagnation. I believe in equality no matter what the grade. We need to sign to take this forward, let your voice be heard and take action. Don't just moan, do something about it
  • Civil service salaries need to keep pace with those in private practice. Currently civil servants are the only people whose salaries reduce in real terms on an annual basis. We are also working significantly more hours and it is our professionalism and goodwill that is keeping the Department going. Pay needs to reflect qualifications and experience and where overtime is routine, staff need to be paid for doing it.


2019-01-25 15:29:02 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2019-01-23 13:09:55 +0000

500 signatures reached

2018-12-17 17:03:06 +0000

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