PCS members vote overwhelmingly to back campaign of action on pay

07 Nov 2017

A decisive yes vote by tens of thousands of PCS members in our consultative ballot on pay sends a powerful message to the government to act to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and fund above inflation pay rises.

The ballot, run by the independent Electoral Reform Services, consisted of 2 questions:

  1. Do you agree that the pay cap should be scrapped; and that funds should be made available to provide you with an above inflation pay rise?
  2. If the government refuse to scrap the pay cap, are you prepared to take part in industrial action?

On the first question 98.9% voted yes, while on the second question 79.2% voted yes. Overall there was a turnout of 48.8%.

Historic vote

Watch Mark Serwotka's ballot result video


PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “In a historic vote we’ve sent the most resounding message to Theresa May and her government to scrap the pay cap and that all PCS members deserve a pay rise.”

We will receive a breakdown of the vote in a couple of weeks, in time for our December national executive committee to consider the result and plan what we do next.

We will be looking to work with other unions to develop a united campaign across the public sector for fair pay for all. We will propose a united pay strategy at a meeting of the TUC’s public sector liaison group on 4 December.

In the meantime, you can strengthen the pressure on chancellor Philip Hammond to scrap the cap and fully fund pay rises in the budget on 22 November by using our pay calculator to see how much you’ve lost because of the cap. You can then email your result to the chancellor.

You can watch a video of Mark responding to the pay ballot result here https://youtu.be/WEsJg7EzEGk

The government must act now on pay – and we must keep up the pressure.

Find out more about our pay campaign.

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