Ballot opens today look out for your envelope through the post

18 Mar 2019

The PCS postal pay ballot opens today (18) and all 125,000 eligible members should receive their ballot paper to their home address by the end of this week.

Now is the time for change on pay, and the only way to make that change is to vote yes for strike action and yes for action short of strike. So as soon as your ballot envelope marked with the PCS logo and CIVIL SERVICE PAY: INDUSTRIAL ACTION BALLOT 2019 – DON’T FORGET TO VOTE arrives through your letterbox open it and:

  • Mark a cross ‘X’ in the yes box next to the question ARE YOU PREPARED TO TAKE PART IN STRIKE ACTION?
  • Mark a cross ‘X’ in the yes box next to the question ARE YOU PREPARED TO TAKE PART IN INDUSTRIAL ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE?
  • Put your completed ballot paper in the pre-paid envelope provided.
  • Post the envelope in a post box
  • Once you’re posted tell your colleagues to vote and post theirs, too.

Your vote is completely secret but you haven’t voted until you’ve posted.

Join PCS

If you’re not already a member, you must join PCS by 12 April to take part in the postal pay ballot. You can register to join online in a couple of minutes.

The facts on pay

• Since 2010 civil service pay has fallen by comparison with the cost of living.

• The average civil servant, on a salary of £26,000, is now worse off by a massive £2,110 a year.

• Average civil service pay has fallen in value by comparison with local government, health and education, by a shocking 11.4%.

The gap between our pay and the rest of the public sector is increasing, and we need to act now if we want to catch up.

So we are balloting PCS members in the civil service to ask if they are prepared to take industrial action to get the pay rise they deserve. Our pay claim calls for a cost of living pay increase for all workers in the civil service and its related bodies of 10% with a minimum underpin of £2,400 and a Living Wage of £10 an hour nationally and £11.55 in London.

Background to the ballot

Since 2010 pay rises in the rest of the public sector have outstripped the civil service.

Last year we were told the public sector pay cap was scrapped. While it was scrapped in areas such as health and local government however, in the civil service our permanent secretaries secretly agreed to keep the cap by limiting pay increases to 1-1.5%.

And to make matters worse, civil service CEO John Manzoni has told us that funding for civil service pay this year will remain capped at 1%.

Ballot dates

  • The ballot opens on 18 March and closes on 29 April.
  • If you haven’t received your ballot paper by 23 March fill in the online form
  • You must post your ballot paper by 24 April for it to be counted.

Volunteer to get the vote out

We’re also looking for volunteers to help call each of our 125,000 members in the ballot during the first weekend of the PCS postal pay ballot to remind them to vote.

If you volunteer by filling in our simple online form you will be given full instructions and you will then be able to make calls free of charge from anywhere to urge members to vote yes in the postal ballot.

Let’s make 2019 the year we win on pay.

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