A long running wage dispute at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is near its end after DWP branch secretaries of the union agreed to certain increases.
A pay ballot recommendation for a three-year pay offer which will see a 15% pay increase of £1,950 for the lowest paid over three years, as well as a 20% increase in starting salaries in the department has been agreed by the DWP group executive committee.
According to the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), the offer also sees the controversial bonus scheme, Performance Development System (PDS) radically amended from its original form in April 2003, with the eradication of ‘rigid quotas and hated relative assessment panels’.
Members will vote on final acceptance of the offer between 31 January and 16 February.
Commenting Mark Serwotka PCS general secretary said: “What is on offer represents a positive move forward for some of the lowest paid in the civil service and significant changes to a hated pay performance system in the face of a senior management saying the system was non-negotiable.”IFAonline
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