Struggles, Workers

Protests arise from salary cuts

They could mobilise more than 250,000 public sector workers. The date will be the 5th. of April, a date that marks the end of the tax year 2012/13, and the moment when new contributions will be applied.


Recortes salariales 4The deficit contingency plan of the British Government has been the main character of a series of salary cuts affecting civil servants.

Because of this, and in defence of working conditions, a series of protests have been organised in the United Kingdom.

According to the trade unions, since the recession began in 2008, salaries have decreased 7%, or £50 million every year. According to data from the National Office of Statistics, from 2015 the Government will apply an additional cut of £7 million in salaries.

Mark Serwotka
Mark Serwotka

Following the report of The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), the “drop in value of remuneration could be a great obstacle for the return of economic growth”.

Leading the opposition to the Cameron Government in order to negotiate improvements in living conditions, the organisation is calling upon state workers to mobilise in defence of salaries, pensions and working terms and conditions.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS, has defended this mobilisation and says that “austerity measures don’t work” and, that “George Osborne is creating more debt, and that we are closer to a new triple recession”.

David Cameron has also mentioned his interest in increasing the retirement age to 68 years-old, reducing the number of public sector workers and getting rid of a series of benefits that, until now, only benefited state workers.

David Cameron
David Cameron

Also the economic difference, between the salaries of public and private workers, is causing discomfort. It is estimated that the private sector earns approximately £1,263 million more than the public sector.

Because of this, the cuts and salary differentials, the PCS wants to mobilise the public. They demand that the government increase salaries by 5%, approximately £1,200 million to reward “with dignity” what these workers do.

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(Translated by Evelyn Dench – Email:


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