Wednesday, 4 June 2008

PCS Union: Ten years on

This year, one of the largest trade unions in the UK - the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) - celebrates its tenth birthday, having formed from the merger of CPSA and PTC. Whether you agree with the idea of a trade union - or not as the case may be - here's a number of statistics for the record.


  • 38% of civil servants earn £10,000 to £15,000.
  • A loaf of bread costs 51 pence.
  • Strike days are at their lowest levels for a century.
  • Families with children make up less than one in four households - down from 38% in 1961.
  • The number of civil service staff falls by 37% from its peak in 1976.
  • House prices rose by around 7% compared with the previous year.

  • Average civil service salaries are approximately £20,000.
  • More than three quarters of people say the gap between rich and poor is too large.
  • 32% of public sector workers say it is very important to them that their job is useful to society, compared to 15% of private sector staff.
  • More than three quarters of couples say the woman usually does the laundry, a similar proportion to 1998 and 1978.
  • Nearly one in five civil servants works part-time.

[Source: PCS Union 2008]


jmb 6 June 2008 at 03:29  

I don't think I'd like to live in Britain on a salary of 20,000 pounds/year and since it's the average there are some obviously lower.

Anonymous 8 June 2008 at 14:06  

good post Miss Wagstaff and all under a Labour Government, its hard to believe sometimes.

Miss Wagstaff 10 June 2008 at 10:25  
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Miss Wagstaff 10 June 2008 at 10:30  

My thoughts exactly on reading the copy that I was emailed.

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