PCS members have voted to reject the government's huge cuts to their civil service redundancy pay in a consultative ballot which closed yesterday.
Result of voting:
Number voting yes - 50,352 (96.5% of valid vote)
Number voting no - 1,846 (3.5% of valid vote)
Number of votes found to be invalid: 340
The ballot was an opportunity for the 160,000 affected members to register their disgust and strength of feeling at the government's imposition of cuts of at least 25% to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS).
Despite the government imposing the cuts across the civil service on 9 November, this 'yes' vote sends a strong message to the government and strengthens our campaign against them making job cuts on the cheap.
MP Chris Stephens, chair of the PCS parliamentary group, has secured an adjournment debate in the House of Commons this Friday (2 December) to highlight the cuts to members’ redundancy provisions.
PCS continues to press the government in parliament over cuts to the CSCS. More than 100 MPs have signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 310 as a result of members contacting their MPs. This is now the third most signed EDM, showing the power of PCS members when they mobilise politically.
Our national executive will meet to discuss the ballot results and next steps in the campaign when it meets next week, including a possible legal challenge. .
PCS Fighting fund
It is vital that we step up the campaign to oppose the job cuts and office closures in towns and cities across the UK.
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