POA Circulars

124 | 02.10.2017

TUC LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT ON PAY 17TH OCTOBER 2017 2PM 6PM FOLLOWED BY A RALLY IN PARLIAMENT SQUARE 6.30PM 8PM

On Tuesday 17th October 2017, the TUC and all Public Sector Unions will be holding a lobby of MP’s and a Rally in Parliament Square, to demand an end to the unfair real term pay cuts for public service workers. The POA also demand fair pay for all our members wherever they work.

Government have attempted to dress up this year’s pay recommendations, by their Prison Service Pay Review Body, as breaking the “Public Sector Pay Cap”. It was in fact another real term pay cut for POA members within that remit. We must also remember that our members in the NHS and elsewhere are still under this devastating cap and even in the private sector our members are getting below inflation pay awards.

The TUC is joining with our Union and many others for this event. We hope that as many union members and their families join us on the day. We need to tell Government that we have had enough. All workers public and private sector deserve fair pay.

We need Government to act to give all workers the pay rises they deserve. They must:

  • Scrap the artificial restrictions on public sector pay
  • Make sure no public service workers are paid less than the real living wage
  • Find new money to fund a fair pay rise – don’t add pressure to already overstretched public services
  • Let employers and unions through collective bargaining negotiate the right pay deal for each sector
  • Recognise the loss of pay over the last seven years

POA members can assist by lobbying their MP’s between 2pm and 6pm. Members should note that the rally is to take place from 18:30pm until 20:00pm. All members, their family and friends are welcome to attend this event.

Can I take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your help and support for this Campaign and ask that you give the contents of this Circular as wide a coverage as possible, to ensure a good turnout from the POA membership.

Yours Sincerely

STEVE GILLAN
General Secretary