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Civil servants to strike despite new pay offer

Civil servants across the UK will continue to go on strike despite the government’s offer of a pay rise.

Trade and Public Service (PCS) union members will take industrial action on Tuesday in Northern Ireland and Wednesday in Wales.

PCS said the layoffs would continue while it considered “substantial concessions” for pay, contingency provisions and job security.

The government says the offer is the highest for civil servants in 20 years.

Union members have been in action for months and there have been three nationwide protests. Previously, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Ministers need to settle disputes by putting money on the table.”

On Friday, the government made a new offer to try to break the deadlock. Union bosses say lower-ranking civil servants have been offered a £1,500 stipend for 2022/23.

The deal has been welcomed by the union, and in a statement Monday night, PCS said it was “the first time in our union history” that members have won “a substantial amount of additional money.” tell the members”.

But it said “planned targeted action” would be underway this month – members of the Northern Ireland Office will leave in three days from Tuesday, while the Wales Audit and the National Museum Wales will be affected from Wednesday.

It has added more members at the Drivers and Vehicles Licensing Authority who will join a 15-day strike from 11 June and driving examiners at 286 test centers across the UK and Wales will take action from 15 June.

The union said any re-vote on further action had been postponed pending the outcome of negotiations with the government by the end of the month.

‘Remarkable achievement’

Officials had called for a 10 per cent pay rise to reflect the rising cost of living but at the time the government said their request would cost “an unsustainable £2.4 billion”. .

The union said the latest offer was an “important achievement… which, while not meeting our full requirements, would bring money to members and provide equal treatment. equality with other public sector workers.

The government, in announcing the new offer on Friday, said the Civil Service pay guidance would allow ministries to raise wages by 4.5 per cent for employees, with the possibility of a 0.5 per cent increase for employees. lower paid employees.

Cabinet Office Secretary Jeremy Quin said “constructive engagement” with unions had allowed the department to make an offer of £1,500.

“This is both fair to taxpayers and recognizes the financial pressures civil servants have faced over the past year,” Mr. Quin said.


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