Why we’re voting yes in the PCS pay ballot

Our members have been telling us why they are voting yes in our ballot for industrial action over pay.

Our ballot, which runs from 18 June to 23 July, is asking PCS members if they are prepared to take part in strike action as part of our campaign to achieve fair pay. We are asking for a 5% pay rise for our members working for the civil service.

It is very important that members vote in this ballot, because of the trade union laws which mean we must have a 50% turnout.

Members who have already voted have been telling us why they are prepared to take industrial action over pay.


Fiona from the DWP said: “The government is seeking to divide us into deserving and undeserving. Our colleagues in universities are seen as deserving, but those who work for government are not. It’s atrocious. If the government expects us to go into the civil service, they can damn well pay us for it.”

Cost of living

Neil from the Office for Students said: “We need to get back to where we were. The cost of living is not waiting for us to catch up.”

Richard from the Marine Management Organisation told us: “I’m now earning less money than I was 17 years ago. Prices have gone up but wages have not kept up.”

Gordon from the DWP warned: “Since the pay cap was imposed my standard of living has fallen every single year. We are falling behind the private sector and people are leaving the department because of low pay.”

Tracey from HMRC said pay is not keeping up with the cost of living and “people are doing the same job as colleagues but they are being paid less because there have been no incremental pay rises.”

Important jobs

Wilfred from MoJ says civil servants are overworked and “do the most important jobs for society”.

“In the MoJ we work for judges and deserve respect for the jobs we do. Our skills should be reflected in our remuneration,” he said.

Nicole from DWP says our members deserve a better quality of life.

She said: "The question should be ‘Why don’t I deserve a pay rise?’ DWP is still one of the lowest paying departments. The fact that we are office workers doesn’t make it less important that we can't afford to live."

Tell us why you’re voting yes, email editor@pcs.org.uk

Make sure you have your say in the ballot. If you haven’t received a ballot paper by Tuesday, 26 June contact the PCS balloting office to request a replacement ballot paper by emailing balloting@pcs.org.uk or by phone on 020 7801 2810. You’ll need your PCS membership or NI number.

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