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Civil Service

Volume 449: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

On the day on which civil service staff presented their claim for this year’s increases in pay, I should like to present a petition from 50,000 civil servants. It is the largest petition presented to Parliament in the history of the civil service. I present it on behalf of the PCS parliamentary group. It states:

The petition of staff working in the Civil Service

Declares that the petitioners have grave concerns about the growing differences in pay, leave entitlement, and other conditions between civil servants employed by different government departments, agencies and other related bodies, and the effect that such differences are having upon morale; and express their wish for national pay bargaining to establish common standards and minimum requirements on pay and conditions.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Minister for the civil service to work towards national pay bargaining in the civil service.

To lie upon the Table.