Civil service pay: no grounds for optimism after meeting with minister

12 January 2023

Prospect general secretary Mike Clancy met Jeremy Quin MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, this morning alongside other civil service union leaders.

Mike Clancy said: 

“At the meeting I asked the minister if the government planned to continue with real-terms pay cuts for civil servants as it has done for the last decade or more. In his answers the minister refused to offer any more money for 2022/23 and gave no grounds for optimism that the position would be any different in the coming pay year.

“It is clear that civil servants remain at the back of the queue for public sector pay. We see no alternative at this point than to continue to pursue our formal ballot for industrial action.

“As a union our door is always open to meaningful talks but that means there has to be more money on the table. I and my colleagues have offered to clear our diaries next week for negotiations with the minister if the government is prepared to change its position.”

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