A period of intense activity in our pay campaign helped deliver the fantastic results of the pay ballot, in which members overwhelmingly backed taking action over the 1% cap if necessary.
PCS reps and officers worked incredibly hard to get the vote out, delivering a record turnout for our union of 49%. This is within “touching distance” of the 50% we would need in a ballot for action, under the government’s new unfair ballot thresholds set in the Trade Union Act 2016, said Mark Serwotka when he announced the result.
The ballot result:
- Do you agree that the pay cap should be scrapped; and that funds should be made available to provide you with an above-inflation pay rise?
YES – 98.9%
- If the government refuse to scrap the pay cap, are you prepared to take part in industrial action?
YES – 79.2%
We will be looking more closely at a breakdown of the results, branch by branch, so we can use them to organise effectively and set out the next steps of the campaign.
PCS will also continue to work with other unions to develop a united campaign across the public sector for fair pay for all, and we’re proposing a strategy at a meeting of the TUC’s public sector liaison group this month.
Members have been engaging with the pay campaign and were out in force yet again during two more payday protests in September and October. Some also joined other public sector unions at parliament to lobby Tory MPs, and took part in a TUC-led march and rally outside.
Nearly 35,000 members have used the PCS pay calculator to work out how the value of their pay has fallen because of the cap, and sharing their results online, with losses in excess of £6,000 frequently posted on our Facebook page. Nearly 8,000 have also emailed their calculations to the chancellor, Philip Hammond, via the PCS pay calculator web page.
- TAKE ACTION: More emails are needed to pile the pressure on Hammond – let your members know!
Mark Serwotka said members had sent a “resounding message to the chancellor” but that his subsequent budget announcement was “one of the most underwhelming and disappointing in recent years”.
“It’s truly astonishing [he] did not mention public sector pay at all in the budget speech.
"PCS will now, as a matter of urgency, step up our campaign on pay, in alliance with other public sector unions, to force the chancellor – or anyone who replaces him – to rectify this deeply damaging policy,” he said.
- KEEP RECRUITING: Keep building the union’s strength by signing up a colleague. PCS has set a target of reaching 200,000 members by 2020. pcs.org.uk/join
- NATIONAL ACTION: The TUC has called a national demonstration for 12 May 2018, in London, as part of its Great Jobs Agenda campaign, to end insecure work, inequality and low pay.