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NCewisty NCewisty protest against cap on public pay; CIVIL SERVANTS JOIN OUTCRY OVER 1% RISE IN WAGES.

Byline: ALISTAIR HOUGHTON City Editor alistair.houghton@trinitymirror.com @wimpyking

CIVIL servants in Liverpool have joined a national protect against the 1% cap on public sector pay.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) took part in events outside the courts in Derby Square and outside the Home Office, in Old Hall Street.

The union said that, from 2010 to last year, average Civil Service pay fell by between PS2,000 and PS3,500 in real terms - a bigger decline than the rest of the public sector and the wider economy.

It said that yesterday marked the imposition of another year of the Government's 1% pay cap at the Home Office, while the Ministry of Justice "has indicated it will keep the cap" ... and HMRC imposed it on July 31.

Peter Dowd, MP for Bootle and shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said: "These protests reinforce the unfairness of the public sector pay cap and the poor treatment that civil servants and other public sector workers have faced at the hands of this Government.

"Civil servants and other public sector workers have seen their real wages fall constantly over the seven years of Conservative pay freezes and caps.

"It is shocking that our public servants have been forced into protesting their poor treatment and falling wages caused by the Tory Government's pay freezes and caps." PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "Civil and public service workers keep our public services running but, like workers right across the public sector, their take-home pay has been cut year on year.

"With rising inflation, more hard-working staff are being pushed into poverty. The Tories are responsible for this fall in living standards, having held down public sector pay for seven years.

"Theresa May's Government has lost all authority on the pay cap. Ministers can and must act immediately to increase the wages of their own workforce. The pay cap is unsustainable.

"Our message is clear: all public servants deserve a proper pay rise and the cap must be lifted now."

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Protesting civil servants outside the Home Office on Old Hall Street, Liverpool

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