Magazine article Public Finance

Cabinet Office Ministers Agree to Restart Pay Talks with PCS

Magazine article Public Finance

Cabinet Office Ministers Agree to Restart Pay Talks with PCS

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Cabinet Office ministers have backed down from their hardline stance and will recommence pay discussions with Whitehall's striking civil servants, Public Finance has leamt.

But there is little sign of an end to the dispute that fuelled this year's second national strike by civil servants on May 1.

Ministers and senior Cabinet Office staff are scheduled to meet the Public and Commercial Services trade union on May 21 - ten days after all public sector unions will gather at the Tirades Union Congress to discuss co-ordinated opposition to the government's reform agenda.

Health, teaching and nursing unions oppose Chancellor Gordon Brown's 2% annual public sector pay cap, while the PCS has also cited the government's privatisation and more than 100,000 planned job cuts as reasons for continued industrial action.

Until recently, the Cabinet Office said that its ministers would not engage in pay discussions with the PCS while the threat of strikes remained.

But Whitehall sources this week said that Pat McFadden, the minister responsible for the civil service, would now meet the PCS. …

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