Information on ballot 9 October to 6 November

Our national executive committee agreed in July to hold a consultative ballot on pay to ask members what action they were prepared to take to force the government to scrap the 1% pay cap and give all public sector workers decent, fully-funded pay rises.

The ballot runs from Monday, 9 October to Monday, 6 November.

Members can opt to vote by post, email or phone (all members involved in the ballot will receive a ballot by post).

If you have not received a ballot paper in the post or received details of how to vote online to your personal email address by 20 October you should request a replacement ballot paper before 30 October by emailing

Non-members can have a vote in the ballot if they join the union and we have processed the application by 27 October. Non-members therefore need to join the union as soon as possible in order to be guaranteed a vote in this important ballot. 

If you are happy to vote online you must send in your request for a replacement online only ballot form by Thursday 2 November by noon.  We will send the online voting form to your personal email address so you must make sure we have the correct personal email address registered for you. 

Check your details are correct in iMembership.

Members’ will be sent a weekly reminder to vote.  We will only send you an email if you have not voted or if we have not received your ballot form.

We would expect to publish the results by 7 November, the day after the ballot closes.

The ballot, which will be run by the independent Electoral Reform Services, consists of 2 questions:

  1. Do you agree that the pay cap should be scrapped; and that funds should be made available to provide you with an above inflation pay rise?
  2. If the government refuse to scrap the pay cap, are you prepared to take part in industrial action?

Members are urged to vote yes to both questions.

Any move to take industrial action would require a further statutory ballot.

We will provide extra information for members in certain areas – for DWP members in relation to the employee deal; and to members in Scottish and Welsh devolved sectors regarding the pay policies of their devolved governments.

If you have a question about the ballot, email

Ballot materials

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