Facebook live ballot launch 14 February
Many of our public sector members are facing severe hardship because of the cost-of-living crisis, compounded by a pay freeze and cap that means the average PCS member is £2,300 a year worse off since 2011.
On top of this, the government acted unlawfully yet refuses to refund the money members have overpaid in pension contributions meaning they are £500 a year worse off on average.
Throughout the Covid crisis, the government has rightly heaped praise on workers in the civil service and its related areas as heroes in recognition of their delivery of essential public services in extremely difficult circumstances.
To recognise this great work we have submitted our pay claim for 2022, which includes a 10% cost-of-living pay rise.
We are holding a national consultative ballot for all our public sector members from 14 February to 21 March. The ballot will ask members whether they support our campaign demands and whether you would be prepared to take industrial action if those demands are not met.
This is not a strike ballot. It will ask members what action they would be prepared to take. A statutory industrial action ballot might follow later.
To coincide with the launch of the ballot we are holding a Facebook live event at 6pm, on 14 February, hosted by PCS President Fran Heathcote and featuring our general secretary Mark Serwotka.
Head over to our Facebook page, give us a like to ensure you get all our updates, and come and listen to Mark explain why it is critical all members included in the ballot should vote and ask him your questions. You can send questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org