21 March watch pay ballot special Facebook Live

11 Mar 2019

To coincide with the opening of the PCS postal pay ballot next Monday (18) we are holding a Facebook Live broadcast from Cardiff at 5.30pm on 21 March.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka will be on hand to talk about the pay campaign and ballot, including answering members’ questions.

You can play your part in the event by emailing your question in advance, including Facebook Live question in the subject line, to editor@pcs.org.uk and then heading over to our Facebook page on the night. You can also ask a question live on the night.

You can also book a place at the event at Llanishen Rugby Football Club, 77 Ty Glas Avenue, Llanishen, Cardiff, CF14 5PW by emailing organising@pcs.org.uk

The event builds on the success of our previous Facebook Live events, which have reached tens of thousands of people on the social media platform. As ever it is your involvement that guarantees the event’s success. 

Pay campaign background

Our national executive committee has taken the decision to ballot members over industrial action from 18 March to 29 April to force the government to offer an above-inflation pay rise. 

Permanent secretaries and the Cabinet Office betrayed their staff on pay last year by secretly agreeing to limit pay increases to 1-1.5%. Disgracefully they argued our members should get less money for their hard work than had been given to other parts of the public sector in 2018.

That betrayal has been compounded in 2019 as John Manzoni, chief executive of the civil service, has told us that only 1% is on offer this year, unless civil servants agree to changes to their hard-won terms and conditions. This is a disgrace and unacceptable.

We’re asking all members to vote yes in the postal ballot for industrial action and yes to action short of strike

For any potential ballot to be successful members in all workplaces need to get involved in our union to ensure we achieve a ballot turnout in excess of the 50% legal threshold imposed by the Tory government. 

Volunteer to help the campaign

We want members to fill in our online form to volunteer to support our pay campaign and commit to doing one, several or all of the following:

  • Talking to other members about the campaign
  • Recruiting new members
  • Handing out leaflets at work
  • Taking part in an organised phone bank to help get the vote out
  • Attending a pay event.

We also need members to email John Manzoni, to tell him that you’ve been betrayed on pay.

Every member who can help means we’re in a better position to win the ballot and if we win the ballot we’re in a better position to get what members deserve – above-inflation pay rises.

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