For the first weekend of the PCS postal pay ballot thousands of volunteers will be helping to call each of our 125,000 members to remind them to vote, particularly during the weekend of Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March.
If you volunteer by filling in this simple online form you will be able to make calls from anywhere (at no cost to you) to urge members to vote yes in the postal ballot which opened on Monday (18) and runs until 29 April.
Once you submit an email and create a username via this form, you will then receive an email from CallHub. This will ask you to activate your CallHub account and create a password.
There is a downloadable step by step guide to registering and making calls at the foot of this page. It will take a few steps to set up your account, but once you're set up it is really easy to use. Calling will start from 10am on Saturday 23 March.
Calling all our members to remind them to vote is going to be a crucial part of winning our ballot, getting over the legal strike ballot threshold of 50% and getting a better pay rise for all our members.
To win we need a minimum of 50% of the members in the ballot to post off their ballot paper. To do this we need volunteers to help us win.
We will be asking volunteers to make calls to members during the weekend of 23, 24 March particularly, and again throughout the ballot. This first call to members will be to say the ballot has started, to make sure the member has received a ballot paper, and to ask them if they will vote.
Prior to calls starting on Saturday 23 March PCS will send a reminder email to volunteers with all necessary information.
Making calls to members is a vital element of winning the ballot – we need a minimum of 50% of the members in the ballot to post off their ballot paper. To do this we need volunteers to help us win.
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.
If you aren’t already a member, you must join PCS by 12 April to take part in the ballot. You can register to join online in a couple of minutes.
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%.
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.
All you need to get involved with the phone bank is a phone (mobile or landline), a computer and access to wifi.
Calls will not be charged to you and your number will not be displayed on the call recipient’s phone.
You will follow a simple script on your screen to make the calls and then log the outcome.
- 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.