We are planning to ballot members for action on pay in the spring 2019 in the event that the government does not change course over pay and fully fund above inflation pay rises across the civil service and related areas. But for a ballot to be successful members in all workplaces need to get involved in our union to ensure we achieve a ballot turnout in excess of the 50% legal threshold imposed by the Tory government. Training sessions about pay campaigning are being held across the UK in November.
Our judicial review into the government’s lack of consultation over the imposition of the Treasury pay remit, which we took along with the other civil service unions, disappointingly failed at the High Court.
Disappointingly, the court held that there was not a clear and unambiguous representation that there would be consultation and the judicial review application failed. As a result, we are demanding a meeting with the government’s chief people officer, Rupert McNeil, to address matters arising from the judgement.
We urge all members to get involved in our campaign by:
- Becoming a PCS Advocate
- Recruiting a friend
- Email chancellor Philip Hammond to tell him to invest in people, jobs and public services.
Departmental pay bargaining
Pay talks are now taking place with many government employers and in civil service departments. Look out for any information we issue and if we hold a pay meeting in your office do everything you can to attend.
Statutory ballot on industrial action over pay 18 June to 23 July, 2018.
PCS members delivered the highest yes vote and turnout in the history of our union. But undemocratic, anti-union strike laws, implemented last year, will prevent strike action.
The ballot will send a strong message to the government that PCS members want a pay rise. However, the new legal requirements mean that unions not only have to show majority support for a strike, but that 50% of those balloted have voted.
Our campaign has made our union stronger, with thousands of new members and hundreds of new reps and advocates. Our members still deserve a pay rise, so the pay campaign will not end with this disappointing result. Our national executive committee met on 24 July, and agreed the next steps in the pay campaign. These include:
- writing to the Cabinet Office demanding urgent pay talks
- supporting and coordinating delegated groups and branches in pay negotiations
- fully supporting groups of members who wish to ballot for industrial action at delegated level.
We are determined to continue the campaign on pay this year; legally, through departmental talks and industrial action if necessary, and next year; through building our union so that we if we need to ballot for strike action we can be certain that we will beat the 50% threshold.
Conference agrees to hold ballot
On 22 May, delegates at our annual delegate conference voted overwhelmingly in favour of an emergency motion on pay calling for a statutory ballot of members on taking industrial action over pay, put forward by our national executive committee.
PCS made a 5% pay claim to the government but the Cabinet Office responded to say that it has only budgeted for a 1% pay rise for the UK civil service and related areas. This is despite other public sectors receiving higher offers.
PCS will continue to press for constructive talks to try to overturn the decision and secure a better pay offer for our members. In the event of a yes vote in our ballot, we would not call strike action until the outcome of any talks is discussed.
Share your experiences
Some PCS members report that by the end of each month they face difficult choices between paying bills and putting food on the table. Let us know:
- What have you have had to do to make ends meet?
- If yours is a ‘just about managing’ family, what does that mean in reality?
- What would an inflation-busting pay rise mean for you?
- Email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
Get involved in the pay campaign
- Download and sign the petition to Cabinet Office minister David Lidington to say you support our 5% pay claim.
- Use and share the PCS pay calculator
- Become a PCS member and if you're already a member ask colleagues to join
- Get more involved with PCS by becoming an advocate.
- Read the timeline of our pay campaign