16 March 2022

Final reminder to vote in our crucial national ballot

Mark urges all PCS members who have yet to vote to take part in our national consultative ballot, which closes on 21 March 

I would like to thank the tens of thousands of you who have already sent in your votes in our national consultative ballot on pay and pensions.

But if you’re a PCS member who has yet to vote, vote now online or by post.

Let’s remind ourselves why we are holding the ballot.

This year we face the single biggest cost-of-living crisis that any of us will have seen for decades.

Inflation, going by the Retail Price Index, is now very close to 8%. In April, everybody’s National Insurance contributions will go up, and we have all seen the huge hikes in energy bills, and that’s set to get even worse.

On top of that the government is unlawfully withholding from you pension contributions that you have been overpaying since April 2019. On average that is over £500 a year, and if that was to be backdated that alone would see people getting well over £1,000 into their pay packets.

But the government isn’t listening. Already we have seen them try to offer health workers a 3% pay rise, which they have rejected. Now it looks like they are going to offer teachers 2-3% – they are likely to reject it, as well.

They are yet to make us a formal offer, but all the evidence tells us that probably any pay rise for the civil will only be in the region of 2-3%. Now if we were to accept that pay offer, it would mean that in real terms all of you would be at least 5% worse off.

We cannot accept that. That is why we are balloting and asking you to vote yes to support our claim for a 10% rise across the board, and to get all the pension overpayment money back, and to tell us you would be prepared to vote for industrial action if we move to a legal statutory ballot.

The ballot closes on Monday (21 March). This is your opportunity to send the clearest possible message to your employer and the government that you are not prepared to accept this.

A high turnout in the ballot means we can tell them they need to think again.