I am writing to update members on a significant development regarding the Treasury pay guidance for civil service pay for 2018-19. 

The bulletin issued on 16 July 2018 indicated that the Treasury pay remit guidance for 2018-19 stated - Government Departments will be able to make average pay awards within the new range of 1%-1.5%.

Our sister unions PCS, Prospect and FDA have jointly written to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and the Minister responsible at the Treasury for the pay guidance, following the refusal of the Minister for the Cabinet Office to withdraw the guidance and commit to a meaningful consultation process for 2018.

PCS, Prospect and FDA have sought an urgent meeting with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury but have not received a response.

Accordingly jointly the unions have instructed their lawyers to write to the Cabinet Office to request that they withdraw the civil service pay guidance and undertake a process of appropriate consultation - in the absence of an appropriate response by today (19 July 2018) they will be issuing proceedings for a Judicial Review.

I have today been in touch with the General Secretaries of the 3 unions lending support from NIPSA as our pay bargaining limits are also linked to the Treasury limits.

As further information becomes available a further bulletin will issue.

Alison Millar

General Secretary