Unite, the UK’s largest union, has described the government’s continuing pay restraint policy for civil servants as a ‘slap in the face’ for loyal and dedicated workers.

The government recently announced that the pay remit for the civil service will see departments only be able to increase pay by an average of between 1-1.5 per cent this year. The continued pay restraint in the civil service is in sharp contrast to other areas of the public sector where the government has lifted or loosened the pay cap.

Unite which represents thousands of civil servants in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and across the wider civil service will now be entering into intensive negotiations with the government in order to have the pay remit amended and improved. 

Unite national officer for the civil service Jim Kennedy said: “Our members are bitterly disappointed with the government’s civil service pay remit, this is in effect yet another pay cut in real terms for our members.

“After nearly a decade of pay freezes and pay caps which have resulted in civil servants being thousands of pounds worse off, the latest announcement is a fresh slap in the face.

“The government has partially lifted its pay cap for much of the public sector and the same consideration should have been given to civil servants who have dedicated their lives to serving the public, usually in frontline roles.

“The government needs to rethink its unfair and discriminatory civil service proposals or morale and productivity in the civil service will be further severely damaged for years.”


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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.