Last year 89% of Prospect HSE members voted to reject the 1% pay offer proposed by the government. Despite this, earlier this year the pay guidance was imposed. The derisory replacement of the 1% cap with suggested increases in the range of 1-1.5% shows contempt for you as a Prospect member, and the hard work you do for the Health and Safety Executive.
Members at the HSE have seen real terms pay cuts of up to 15%, since 2010. This is at a time when pay for similar jobs in the private sector has increased, placing an unsustainable strain on recruitment and retention at the HSE. Prospect wrote to minister Sarah Newton MP, who has responsibility for HSE, to seek a meeting to discuss this issue, however the minister has flat out refused to meet or engage with the union.
In the wake of the Grenfell fire and the potential additional regulatory role brought on by Brexit, the work of the Health and Safety Executive could not be more significant.
Alongside Prospect’s wider campaign on civil service pay, we believe it is imperative we keep the pressure on the Department of Work and Pensions to engage with us on the specific issues at the HSE, that is why we are asking you to write to your local MP urging them to ask Sarah Newton to meet with Prospect. Simply enter your postcode below, and you'll be provided with the model email, ready to send to your local MP. You can amend the content of this email if you wish - the more personal your story, the more likely your MP is to engage. Please note that some MPs require your full address and telephone number to be included in the email before they will respond to you. This information is optional, but we recommend including it.