For years now, public service workers have seen their pay held back by government in the name of austerity. First a freeze then a cap saw public sector pay rise by just 4.4% between 2010 and 2016 while the cost of living rose by 22%.

Public service workers need a pay rise!

Watch the campaign’s new satirical film ‘Pat on the Back’. It highlights the government’s hypocritical attitude to public servants – commending their dedication and hard work, yet refusing to lift the public sector pay cap. Former Dynasty star Stephanie Beacham takes up the mantel for public services. Share the Facebook film with your friends and help galvanise public opinion against this intransigent government.

There is now real pressure to scrap the 1% cap on public sector wages and UNISON is leading the fight to get public service workers the pay rise they deserve. More and more people are listening and supporting our Pay Up Now! campaign.

Now it’s up to us, in UNISON, to keep that pressure on until we get:

  • an end to the pay cap;
  • government money made available for an immediate pay rise for all public service workers;
  • an end to government interference in bargaining arrangements for all public sector pay.

We can’t miss this opportunity. They won’t pay up if we don’t all speak up. So, please get involved in our campaign and help us win. Together we can do it.

Your pay story

Please tell us how cuts to pay have affected you, and your family, in the last six years.
  • If you're happy for us to use your story in communications please provide a phone number in case we need to contact you and you are happy for us to do so.
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Ideas for your branch

Here’s some ideas and tips on how to get your branch campaigning on pay:

Use your payday as a day to campaign for a pay rise for public service workershow you can help us make a lot of noise about pay

Lights, camera and pay action! Make a film about pay as part of your local campaign – top tips here

Run a pay quiz at your branch meeting – download the questions and answers.

Tell us your pay stories using the form above – talk to us about how the pay cap has affected you

Tweets, posts and hashtagsuse social media effectively to get your pay message out there

Want to blog about pay? Get ideas and help here.

Payslips and percentages 

A good way to get people thinking about their pay – while at the same time boosting their numeracy skills to calculate percentages – is to set up a learning activity using our  Payslips and Percentages pack. You could do this learning activity as part of a branch meeting, as a Lunch and Learn session or from your pay stall in the workplace. Find out more.

To find out more about learning opportunities with UNISON, contact your union learning rep or regional education team.

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