26 May 2022

Indicative ballot: threshold reached but work to do

Group organiser Malcolm Davey reports on the results of our recent national ballot.

The recent national indicative ballot on pay resulted in a qualified success for the Home Office group.

We achieved a 51% overall turnout, with 15 of our 28 branches breaching the 50% threshold.

98% voted in favour of supporting the campaign with 85% backing industrial action.

Turnout across the wider union was 45%.

This was the result of an intensive period of campaigning, including 2 dial-ins with a total of 60 reps participating.

However, 3 of our 1000+ member branches fell short, proving that we still have a significant job of work to do if we are to move to a statutory (i.e. postal) ballot later this year.

We must bear in mind that the indicative ballot was only asking members to respond to an email and that we made extensive use of the employer’s IT during the 5-week balloting period.

We will not enjoy such luxury in a specific campaign of industrial action.

The Treasury has now published its pay guidance for 2022/23 limiting rises to 2%, with an additional 1% allowed in specific circumstances.

The focus now shifts to Brighton and conference week.                                                                                       

Conference will look to agree next steps in the campaign.

The Treasury has now published its pay guidance for 2022/23 limiting rises to 2%, with an additional 1% allowed in specific circumstances.

This clearly falls significantly short of our aspirations.

In the interim we are asking all our branches to build on the ballot result.

All branches should be looking to ensure they have up to date personal emails/mobile numbers for their members, along with encouraging individual members to sign up to the digital system. Access to digital will mean members can make sure their postal addresses are correct.

As always, branches should be looking to recruit new members/advocates/reps to bolster our organising strength.

The prime minister’s now stated intention to slash civil service jobs across the board means there has never been a more important time to build our union.