Branches continue to beat the 50% threshold in pay ballot

12 Apr 2019

More branches have succeeded in achieving the 50% turnout necessary to beat the government’s anti-trade union laws in our ballot for industrial action over pay. 

Our ballot, asking PCS members if they are prepared to take industrial action over pay, opened on 18 March and closes on 29 April.

Because of anti-trade union laws introduced in 2016, the ballot can only be a postal ballot and at least 50% of our members need to vote.

Just two weeks into the ballot, DWP Stockport and Tame Valley branch was the first branch to pass the 50% threshold in the PCS postal pay ballot.

Now voting figures produced by the branch app are showing that more and more branches are passing the threshold, proving that members are keen to have their say on pay.

33 branches are already over the 50% threshold, representing groups from across the union.

Overall Scottish branches are at 43%. Where branches are using the app they have much higher turnout figures.

General secretary Mark Serwotka said: "Congratulations to all those branches that have reached the 50% threshold so far. We still have a lot more work to do, so keep talking to members at work, remind members to vote and help out with the phone banking to make sure we get more than 50% turnout nationally."

Need a ballot paper?

The deadline for requesting a replacement ballot paper is 5pm on Thursday, 18 April but the sooner you request it the better. You can do this by using our simple web form.

To be sure that your ballot paper arrives on time and your vote will be counted you should have it in the post no later than Wednesday, 24 April.

Not yet a member?

Only PCS members can vote, but it’s not too late to join online. New member applications deadline is 5pm on Friday, 12 April and new members will automatically be included in the ballot and will be sent a ballot paper. 

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