Mark Serwotka: get involved in PCS to ensure we win the next pay ballot

07 Sep 2018

Get involved in PCS in your workplace to win justice on pay, is the message from PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka by emailing

Mark gave a video update following a meeting of our union’s national executive this week.

Spring ballot

He said that PCS is likely to ballot members for action on pay in the spring, “if this government remains in office, and if they continue with their current policy” on pay. And for a ballot to be successful members in all workplaces need to get involved in our union. Training sessions about pay campaigning will be held across the UK in November.

Departmental pay bargaining

Pay talks are now taking place with many government employers and in civil service departments. Look out for any information we issue and if we hold a pay meeting in your office do everything you can to attend.

High Court date

Our judicial review into the government’s lack of consultation over the imposition of the Treasury pay remit, which we are taking along with the other civil service unions, will be going to the High Court in the first week of October. We will be hoping to challenge what the government has done. We will report back if that legal challenge is successful.

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Key to winning on pay

It is crucial that we do all we can over next few months before a possible ballot to prepare to win it.

Mark said: “The key factor in winning is getting involved at workplace level. All the evidence from the ballot we’ve just had is that where many people in a workplace are involved in the union we had huge turnouts, sometimes in excess of 80%. But where the union didn’t have local reps or advocates we often got below the 50% threshold and in some cases well below. That means that the more people who are involved the better chance we have of winning the ballot.”

Get active in PCS

One of the best ways get involved in PCS is by becoming a PCS Advocate. Contact your local rep and offer to help. The more of us who get involved the better chance we have next year of achieving pay justice.

If you don’t know who your local rep is email and we will put you in contact.

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