The failure to reach the threshold for lawful industrial action is disappointing, but many areas of the union achieved fantastic results. The turnout overall was up 6% from the last ballot in 2018.
PCS members in the civil service vote by four to one in favour of strike action and action short of strike over pay, however, the ballot turnout of 47.7%, while over 6% higher than in 2018, is still just under 3,000 votes short of reaching the required 50% threshold.
PCS postal pay ballot closes
We value you but not enough to give you a decent pay rise is the message on repeat from senior civil servants using hollow words to express admiration for staff with ever increasing workloads as they prepare the UK for Brexit.
The PCS postal pay ballot opens with a message that now is the time for change on pay, and the only way to make that change is to vote yes for strike action and yes for action short of strike. It runs until noon on 29 April.
Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill emails civil servants to praise them for their commitment and professionalism carrying out government policy on Brexit and delivering public services while completely ignoring the fact that the vast majority of them haven’t had a decent pay rise for nearly a decade
Women in the civil service have been waiting for 64 years for the equal pay they were promised. It's more important than ever to get involved in the PCS pay campaign to close the gender pay gap.
Facebook Live event in Bristol
PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka answers members' questions on and offline at latest our Facebook Live event, broadcast live from our office in Bristol.
The national executive committee decides unanimously to hold a ballot - 18 March to 29 April - of over 120,000 members working in government departments for strike action over pay.
On the first payday of 2019 we asked PCS members what it means to them.
Facebook Live event
PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka hosts our latest Facebook Live event bringing members up to date on our pay campaign.
PCS branches, groups, equality forums and members have the opportunity to comment on the direction of our pay campaign with the launch of a large-scale consultation.
The PCS national executive committee met on Wednesday (7 November) and made important decisions about our national public sector pay campaign. The meeting followed a 6-week consultation period with branches, and the NEC decided that the information will be used to develop an outline campaign strategy for pay in 2019. The NEC will agree the strategy at its December meeting.
PCS plans hundreds of pay campaign training and briefing sessions across the UK in November and invites all members to volunteer their time by registering their interest on our online form.
PCS was disappointed to learn our joint judicial review application on the pay remit guidance consultation with the FDA and Prospect failed. As a result, we demanded a meeting with the government’s chief people officer, Rupert McNeil, to address matters arising from the judgement.
Tory plans to re-hash discredited proposals to introduce performance-related and regional pay across the public sector were condemned by PCS.
PCS, Prospect and the FDA present evidence over the government’s handling of public sector pay awards.
Get involved in PCS in your workplace to win justice on pay by emailing email@example.com, was the message from PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka
PCS is calling on the Ministry of Justice to reopen pay negotiations following a huge vote by members against plans to cut terms and conditions across the department, extend the working week and make bank holidays and Saturdays part of regular hours.
PCS Defence Sector Group rejects the Ministry of Defence pay offer for 2018 as it comes nowhere meeting the demands of our national pay claim.
PCS, Prospect and FDA's application for judicial review of the government’s consultation over the 2018 civil service pay guidance likely to be heard in early October.
PCS, Prospect and FDA have launched legal proceedings seeking judicial review of the government’s consultation over the 2018 civil service pay guidance.
Huge strike vote – but anti-union strike laws prevent action.
Civil service unions FDA and Prospect join PCS in pressuring the government to withdraw the civil service pay remit following crunch talks
Despite two assurances to the contrary the Treasury publishes the 2018 pay remit guidance, without consultation with the unions. PCS expresses anger and disappointment that the Treasury failed to consult our union before announcing government departments would be able to make average pay awards above 1-1.5%, but only in exchange for further cuts.
All eligible members urged to vote yes for a 5% pay rise in our statutory pay ballot and send a powerful message to the government.
PCS members asked to show they’ve voted yes in the pay ballot on our latest day of payday activities on 29 June.
To mark the start of the PCS pay ballot our general secretary Mark Serwotka broadcasts live via Facebook from a reps’ pay meeting in Liverpool
PCS to press ahead with strike ballot over pay after government confirms 1% funding for civil service
Ministers reveal they are using the spending review from 2015 to budget for a derisory 1% pay rise for civil service staff.
PCS parliamentary group chair Chris Stephens calls on ministers to release figures on how many civil servants are in receipt of tax credits as the pay freeze continues to hurt our members.
All members are urged to join PCS payday protests on 31 May as we gear up for our most important industrial action ballot for years.
How to win the most significant ballot PCS has held in years debated at a packed fringe conference meeting.
PCS members in the civil service and related areas to be balloted for strike action over pay, which could see 150,000 workers walk out this summer.
Seize the moment and vote for industrial action on pay is the message from PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka as he delivers the union’s annual report to conference.
Our general secretary Mark Serwotka discusses the next steps in our pay campaign.
PCS members are out in force to demand a decent pay rise as they join the clarion call for a new deal for working people marching at the TUC's national demo in London on 12 May.
It is now clear from a letter received from a Cabinet Office minister in response to our 5% pay claim inviting PCS to talks that the government has only budgeted for a 1% pay rise for the UK civil service and related areas. PCS members have previously been led to believe that the 1% pay cap had been lifted.
PCS members urged to support our call for a fully-funded, above inflation pay rise for all civil servants which will be heard across the union movement in London on 12 May when PCS joins a large-scale TUC march.
PCS urges all members to get involved in our Big Pay Petition Day on 30 April to continue to put pressure on the government as we await its response to our pay claim.
PCS members must be ready to take action on pay to put pressure on the government as we await their response to our pay claim.
PCS meets Cabinet Office officials over our national pay claim for the UK civil service and related areas. We argue that employers in other parts of the public sector made representations to the government for funding for pay rises and that the civil service should not be an exception. It is time the Cabinet Office stood up for civil servants.
We call on PCS members and supporters from across the UK to join us and thousands of others from across the union movement on the TUC’s march in London on 12 May to call for a fully-funded, above inflation pay rise for all civil servants.
Our payday protests will continue ahead of the Easter weekend with our sticker up workplace campaign. We are asking you to show support by wearing a special pay sticker on Thursday 29 March.
The government needs to know that PCS is serious about being prepared to do what is necessary to get our members an above-inflation pay rise, our general secretary Mark Serwotka says ahead of imminent pay talks with the Cabinet Office.
Chancellor Philip Hammond describes the economic outlook as “light at the end of the tunnel”, but offers nothing but gloom for most public sector workers.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell to join PCS general secretary Mark Serwotk for our latest Facebook Live event on 13 March to give their response to that day’s chancellor’s spring statement.
PCS members across the United Kingdom have been holding payday protests on the first payday of 2018 and highlighting how much they have lost under the civil service pay cap.
Ahead of our payday protests on Wednesday (31 January) we reveal 11 of the workplaces hardest hit by the government’s 1% civil service pay cap.
Ahead of PCS payday protests on Wednesday (31 January) our members share their experiences of increased hardship under the pay cap.
Local economies across the UK have been deprived of nearly £1.7 billion because of the civil service 1% pay cap and freeze, PCS reveals ahead of payday protests across the UK on 31 January.
PCS calls for urgent talks with the Cabinet Office over our 2018 pay claim which calls for a fully-funded 5% pay rise, a Living Wage of £10 an hour, pay equality across the civil service and a common pay and grading structure.
As momentum grows in our pay campaign we want all members to join national payday protests on 31 January and join regional TUC public sector events on 14 February, as part of the TUC Love Unions week.
The momentum of the PCS pay campaign is building as we head into 2018 as we argue that the Treasury pay remit, which sets the parameters for settling pay across the civil service, must formally lift the 1% public sector pay cap for civil servants and enable departments to pay above inflation increases.
PCS members and workers across the public sector face growing pay poverty as chancellor Philip Hammond fails to act to address the crisis in public sector pay in his budget this lunchtime.
Tens of thousands of chancellor Philip Hammond’s own staff are supporting the PCS campaign to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and for fully funded, above inflation pay rises, our general secretary Mark Serwotka tells him in a letter.
A decisive yes vote by tens of thousands of PCS members in our consultative ballot on pay sends a powerful message to the government to act to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and fund above inflation pay rises.
Following the success of 29 September, PCS members from across the UK were once again protest at their workplaces to call on the government to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and deliver fully-funded rises for all.
The government's disgraceful refusal to fund above inflation pay rises for our members, confirmed by chancellor Philip Hammond this week, gave members yet another reason to vote yes in our pay ballot.
Payday protests, supported by thousands of PCS members, are taking place across the UK on 31 October to help heap the pressure on the government ahead of the budget on 22 November.
Public sector workers should have an immediate 5% wage rise, without it being paid for by job cuts, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka tells a TUC pay rally opposite parliament.
As PCS ballots its members on the civil service pay cap, other unions are also campaigning and planning action over pay.
Thousands of people watched our first Facebook live event to hear PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka answer dozens of members’ questions about our campaign to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap.
Ahead of the opening of our consultative ballot on pay on Monday thousands of members have been using the PCS pay calculator to see how the 1% pay cap affects them.
We all deserve a pay rise is the message PCS is taking to a TUC rally and lobby in Westminster on 17 October, as part of our campaign to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and achieve fully funded and above inflation pay rises for all public sector workers.
To coincide with ballot papers arriving through the post for our consultative ballot on pay, our general secretary Mark Serwotka holds a Facebook Live event on pay at 7pm on 11 October.
PCS launches a pay calculator to show the impact of the 1% public sector pay cap on our members as part of our campaign to force the government to scrap the cap and give all public sector workers fully-funded, above inflation pay rises.
“We all deserve a pay rise,” is the message from PCS members across the UK who take part in vibrant, well-supported payday protests to call on the government to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and deliver fully-funded rises for all.
PCS welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment to end the 1% public sector pay cap and the value he places on public sector workers.
We all deserve a pay rise is the message from thousands of PCS members who will be calling for the 1% public sector pay cap to be scrapped in lunchtime payday protests at their workplaces across the UK on 29 September.
47 years after the Equal Pay Act women are still being paid less than their male colleagues - and the TUC will fight to address this, was the message heard loud and clear at Congress.
Unions must be ready to force the government to give all public sector workers a decent pay rise if the November budget fails to offer properly-funded increases for all, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told our packed TUC Congress fringe.
If we deliver decent public sector pay rises we can transform people’s live and change politics in Britain, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told a TUC fringe meeting of the LRC.
Unions must unite to help defeat the public sector pay cap and secure decent pay rises for all public sector workers, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told TUC Congress in Brighton
“Now is the time to say we are serious, we are clear, we can win on pay and begin to transform this country to improve people's lives,” PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told a pre-TUC Congress fringe meeting
At TUC Congress in Brighton, PCS to call for all public sector unions to unite to defeat the 1% public sector pay cap.
We build on our resounding victory in the High Court which overturned the government’s cuts to civil service redundancy pay by launching a major pay campaign, including a consultative ballot.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka to stress the need to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap at a rally in Brighton of the National Shop Stewards Network ahead of TUC Congress on Sunday (10).
PCS tells the government to “put its money where its mouth is” and commit to scrapping the pay cap for all public sector workers, following yet another apparent government U-turn on the public sector pay cap.
PCS announces plans to hold lunchtime protests across the UK on 31 August calling for the 1% public sector pay cap to be scrapped on the day that the Home Office and Ministry of Justice plan to impose the cap for another 12 months.
Break the pay cap, is the message from PCS members at dozens of HMRC workplaces across the UK who join in with our payday protests against the imposition of a maximum 1% annual pay cap.
Our national executive has agreed to hold a consultative ballot on pay in the autumn in advance of the budget in November to ask members what action they would support, including industrial action, to break the cap.
PCS says ministers are ducking responsibility over the public sector pay cap by repeatedly claiming they will listen to pay review bodies.
Marching against cuts and 1% pay cap
The issue of public sector pay is highlighted at the mass anti-cuts march in London
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka writes to prime minister Theresa May to urge her to use the Queen’s Speech to bring an immediate end to the 1% public sector pay cap.
Following a motion to PCS annual delegate conference our union pledges to renew its campaign to end the pay cap in the civil service as members face an “unprecedented squeeze” on earnings.
A crowd of thousands who gathered in Trafalgar Square for annual May Day hears PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka stress the need for the next government to lift the 1% public sector pay cap and invest in public services.
The Labour party reiterates its commitment to ending the 1% public sector pay cap and to restore collective pay bargaining when it publishes its 20-point plan to transform the workplace
Thousands of PCS members across the UK join the union’s protests to call for the 1% pay cap to be lifted.
A PCS-commissioned report on civil service pay trends from 2007 to 2016 shows that from 2010 to 2016 average civil service pay fell by between 8 and 9% in real terms, a larger fall than the rest of the public sector and the wider economy.
PCS calls on the TUC to actively support and coordinate strike action across the trade union movement to break the government's disastrous 1% public sector pay cap.