POA Circulars

89 | 05.07.2017

PROPOSED LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT 17 JULY: CHANGE OF DATE EARLY AUTUMN

The TUC had proposed to hold a co-ordinated public sector union Rally and Lobby of Parliament on 17th July 2017, to press the Government to scrap the public sector pay cap.

At a recent General Council meeting, a number of trade union leaders raised concerns about the timing of the event. Since the proposal was first discussed by the TUC, many Unions have agreed to invest in mobilising their members for the People’s Assembly demonstration on 1st July 2017, which I attended with other POA members. Other Unions have organised other major union-led events, for example in health and education - all within a few weeks of each other. In addition, it is now being reported that Parliament may take an early recess, and that, even if it doesn’t, many MPs are unlikely to be in Parliament w/c July 2017. As a result of the above the TUC General Council agreed that further consultation with Unions was required before finalising plans.

The TUC have now spoken to a number of Union Leaders and on balance their judgement is that plans for a targeted lobby on public sector pay should be rescheduled for the early autumn, in the lead-up to the Budget. The POA support this approach.

The TUC will be hosting a photo-opportunity on public sector pay in Central London w/c 10th July or 17th July 2017. If any members from the London area who would like to have their photo taken in uniform at the TUC as part of the campaign, please inform my office by email on gs@poauk.org.uk as soon as possible. I will be looking for about six members to attend

The TUC will also be encouraging General Secretaries to write to the Prime Minister setting out the need for the Government to listen to the electorate and deliver a much needed pay-rise for public servants. I will write on behalf of the membership.

Please draw the contents of this Circular to all members.

Thanking you in anticipation of your support and co-operation.

Yours sincerely

STEVE GILLAN
General Secretary