MOJ MEP ballot opens today – vote no

15 Aug 2018

If you work for the Ministry of Justice your employer wants to rip up your terms and conditions but if you’re a PCS member you have the chance to vote no in our ballot, which opens today, and oppose changes that could seriously affect you.

The MoJ wants you to sign up to its modernising employment proposition (MEP), which asks you to agree to have your hours increased to a 38-hour working week with your overtime cut and sick pay reduced.

Your working day could finish much later – 8pm is a possibility – and you could regularly be asked to work Saturdays and bank holidays but for no extra money.

While some staff could receive an average 11% pay rise over 5 years in exchange for having their terms and conditions slashed, 50% of members would receive less than that and in the case of staff forced to go part time, because they are unable to increase their weekly hours, pay will be cut.

Already some members have worked out that they will receive as little as 3p an hour under the proposed pay deal. Read why members are voting no in the ballot.  

Vote no

We urge all eligible members to vote no to the question:

Do you accept the modernising employment proposition 2018-2022 offer?

The flaw in the MEP offer is that it is largely self-financed. The lack of new money from government means that while the majority of staff will receive a pay award they will have to sell their terms and conditions to get it.

Have your say

MoJ negotiators have made it clear that these proposed detrimental changes linked to this offer can only take effect with the consent of PCS members. Only you can decide if you think it is the right thing to do.

If members vote to reject the offer PCS will seek to reopen negotiations with the MoJ on pay. In addition to seeking improvements to the current offer we will also demand clarity from the employer on HMCTS reform, job security and terms and conditions of service.


If you have registered a personal email address with PCS you will be sent instructions about how to vote online, which you can do until 2pm on 30 August. If you don’t have a registered personal email address you will receive your ballot paper by post and you must return your ballot paper by Tuesday 23, August.

If you join PCS by 23 August you will be able to vote in this ballot if you register a personal email address. Being a member is the only way to have your say on your future.

Get in touch

Let us know your personal circumstances and:

  • What effect a longer working week will have on you
  • If you will be forced to work part time
  • What will the lack of overtime pay do to our household budget
  • What impact working Saturdays and bank holidays would have on you and your family?


With your consent we may use some of your submissions for quotes or case studies in support of our ballot. We will store your information securely and will only use it for the purposes of this campaign. 

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