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 ran from Monday, 9 October to Monday, 6 November with members voting overwhelmingly to support a campaign of action on pay.

Members could opt to vote by post, email or phone.

We published the results at 1pm on 7 November, the day after the ballot closed.

The ballot, which was run by the independent Electoral Reform Services, consisted 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 were urged to vote yes to both questions.

On the first question 98.9% voted yes, while on the second question 79.2% voted yes. Overall there was a turnout of 48.8%.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “In a historic vote we’ve sent the most resounding message to Theresa May and her government to scrap the pay cap and that all PCS members deserve a pay rise.”

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


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