2 March 2022

Strike ballot victory at the British Council

PCS members at the British Council have overwhelmingly voted in favour of industrial action in a statutory ballot on redundancies, restructuring and outsourcing.

73% were in favour of strike action, and 85% were in favour of action short of strike. The turnout surpassed the 50% threshold required by law for industrial action to be called.

PCS has asked that the CEO, Scott McDonald, meet with the union to discuss the ballot results and the demands of the campaign.

While some concessions have been achieved in redundancy consultation so far, without serious intervention the British Council as we know it will be devastated beyond recognition.

In a world with increasing levels of conflict, the role of cultural relations organisations should not be underplayed and diminished in this way by the UK government.

If significant progress cannot be achieved through negotiations, then PCS members will have no choice but to serve notice of industrial action.