High levels of support for further industrial action across central government


The campaign of industrial action over pay, jobs and pensions by the PCS trade union is set to continue following a new strike ballot. The union managed to secure reach the threshold required for public sector strike action in 106 government departments and agencies. In Scotland, with separate negotiations on pay, PCS members have accepted an increased pay offer delivering a total increase of at least £2200 (€2535) for all staff earning £36000 (€41455) or less. The guarantee of no compulsory redundancy for all staff is extended to 31 March 2025 and there is a commitment to review the lowest pay grades and take initiatives on a shorter working week. In the health sector in England most unions voted to accept a revised pay offer.  In addition to the £1400 (€1610) pay increase for 2022-23, NHS workers will get a non-consolidated payment of between £1655 (€1905) and £3789 (€4365). For 2023-24 the 5% increase is worth at least £1065 (€1225) and would raise the lowest hourly rate to £11.45 (€13.20) or £22383 (€25775) a year. However, this was rejected by members of the Royal College of Nursing which is balloting for further strike action. Members of the Unite trade union are also continuing their action over pay.

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