“PCS members are particularly angry because TPR has got a substantial bonus pot of £1.5 million which is set to be paid mainly to the best-paid employees with the lowest paid seeing very little of this money. ”
By the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)
Over 250 PCS members working for The Pensions Regulator (TPR) are on strike between 5 and 18 September because their employer is refusing to pay what every other Civil Service employer is paying.
Gathered at the first picket line of a fortnight of strike action, over fifty members voiced their anger over their employer’s continued refusal to fully implement government concessions on pay.
TPR is only offering 3% while all other civil service employers are paying 4.5%, with an additional 0.5% of the overall pay pot to be targeted at the worst paid staff.
PCS members are particularly angry because TPR has got a substantial bonus pot of £1.5 million which is set to be paid mainly to the best-paid employees with the lowest paid seeing very little of this money.
Lively and colourful, the picket has benefited from the energy of an influx of new members. After the strike action was called, PCS membership almost doubled at TPR – ramping up the pressure on the employer.
But there is also external pressure on display at the picket, which has attracted wide support from the people of Brighton. Many passersby have stopped to speak with and offer solidarity to our members who are on strike.
Speaking from the picket line, one member, Jacky, said that the employer “really needs to take note”.
“We’ve got 60 people on the picket line and every other vehicle is tooting their horn in support,” she continued. “What I really love is the fact that paramedics and other blue light vehicles are amongst the most enthusiastic supporters”.
You can show your support:
- Visit the next picket lines on every day of the strike action (except Saturdays and Sundays) until 18 September, outside Telecom House, 125-135 Preston Road, Brighton BN1 6AF, from 8:00 to 10:30.
- Send messages of support to firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can also support our striking members by making an online donation to our strike fund.
- This article was originally published by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) on September 5th, 2023.
- You can show your support for striking PCS members on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.