With the pay ballot now under way and closing on 6 November, it’s all hands to the pump to deliver the best turnout and biggest YES vote possible.
Activists on the ground are key to getting the message across to members that a convincing result and turnout is vital to continuing the momentum of our pay campaign, which is increasingly gathering support among fellow unions and the TUC.
The draconian restrictions placed on unions by the Trade Union Act 2016 – which requires turnouts of at least 50% in statutory ballots for industrial action - mean it’s more important than ever to demonstrate we can turn out the vote when it matters. Even though this is a consultative ballot it’s essential that we seek to meet the criteria for a statutory ballot, in order to put maximum pressure on the government.
The most recent round of payday protests on 29 Sept, again received massive backing from the members across the UK.
What can you do now?
- Publicise the ballot dates in your workplace and campaign for a YES vote to both questions - maximum turnout for the strongest message.
- Distribute leaflets, posters, stickers and photo opp cards. Hold pay meetings. Use social media to spread the word and share what’s happening in your workplace.
- Encourage members to register a personal email address via iMembership so they can get weekly reminders during the ballot period.
- Let members know about our new online pay calculator. When individuals can work out exactly how the pay cap has affected their pay packet – and how it will continue to impact them if it continues – it really brings home the damage caused by this policy.
- Make it clear that recent reports of lifting the pay cap are merely picking off certain public sector workers – such as senior civil servants and uniformed staff – and threaten to leave our members behind. PCS and others must keep pushing to scrap the pay cap for all.
- Mobilise members to attend events in your area (see below).
Key dates - share and get involved:
- PCS pay ballot: Opened Monday 9 October – closes Monday 6 November.
- Facebook Live event on pay with Mark Serwotka: Wednesday 11 October, 7pm.
- Joint union rally: TUC-led lobby then rally in Parliament Square, London, Tuesday 17 October, 4.30-6pm. (Speakers at 7pm, close at 8pm). A march and rally, originally scheduled by a coalition of London region unions for 12 October, has been moved to join up with the TUC event. The feeder march assembles on Whitehall (opposite Downing Street) at 5.30pm, joining the main rally at approx 6.45pm.
- Regional rallies: Many regional TUC pay rallies are also being held - check tuc.org.uk/events. A joint TUC/PCS rally in Stockton-on-Tees on Saturday 21 October will also focus on office closures, with speakers including Mark Serwokta.