PCS MOJ MEP ballot

Vote no to oppose sell-off of MOJ terms and conditions

PCS is balloting members over Ministry of Justice plans to cut their terms and conditions in exchange for an average 11% pay rise over 5 years, for which no extra government money has been made available.

Through its modernising employment proposition the MOJ wants to sell out their terms and conditions by:

  • Suffering cuts to overtime and motor mileage allowance and reductions in sick pay
  • Signing up to longer working hours or declare themselves part time and receive a pro-rated award to fund the deal as there is no extra money from the Treasury.   

You can read the full offer online.

The PCS MOJ group executive has serious concerns that while most workers would get a pay increase the offer falls well short of the PCS national play claim and our claim in MoJ which sought a 5% annual increase and one which was fully funded and did not require staff to sell terms and conditions. We are holding a ballot from 15 August until 2pm on 30 August, organised by independent scrutineers, in which we recommend members vote no to reject the offer because it is over too long a timescale and will adversely affect terms and conditions.

If you don’t have a registered personal email address you will receive a postal ballot paper and you will need to return your paper by 23 August to ensure that your vote is received before the ballot closes at 2pm on Thursday, 30 August.

Non-members have until 23 August to join our union to be eligible to vote online in the ballot if they supply a personal email address. 

Vote no

We are urging all eligible members to vote no to the question:

Do you accept the modernising employment proposition 2018-2022 offer?

Have your say

The MOJ has made clear that these proposed detrimental changes linked to this offer can only take effect with the consent of PCS members. Only you can decide if you think it is the right thing to do. 

Only members of recognised trade unions in MOJ (excluding HMPPS) will have a say on their working hours and terms and conditions. PCS is the biggest union and has recognition across all grades and work areas in the justice sector.

We need every member to vote in this ballot and to have their say on the offer. Read the planned changes to terms and conditions before voting, and when they have done so vote in this critically important ballot.

If members vote to reject the offer PCS will seek to reopen negotiations with the MoJ on pay. In addition to seeking improvements to the current offer we will also demand clarity from the employer on HMCTS reform, job security and terms and conditions of service.

The following employers are involved in the ballot:

  • MOJ core
  • HMCTS                      
  • Legal Aid Agency       
  • Office of the Public Guardian
  • Wales Office              
  • Scotland Office          
  • N Ireland Office (NIO London staff only       
  • Official Solicitor and Public Trustee              
  • HM Inspector of Prisons                    
  • Prisons and Probation Ombudsman
  • HM Inspector of Probation    
  • Law Commission
  • Independent Monitoring Board
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

What you can do

  • Vote no in the ballot
  • Attend a PCS meeting – we are planning to organise members’ meetings at every office in the next month
  • Encourage non-members to join PCS. If you join by 23 August you will be able to vote in this ballot.

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