PCS to launch industrial action ballot after overwhelming national conference vote

22 May 2018

PCS members in the civil service and related areas will be balloted for strike action over pay, which could see 150,000 workers walk out this summer.

The decision to ballot was taken by delegates following a vote at the union’s annual conference in Brighton this afternoon (22).

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka proposed the emergency A283 motion from our national executive committee which called for a statutory ballot of members in the civil service and its related bodies on a programme of industrial action involving both all-member and targeted action.

Mark said: “Our members deserve a fair pay rise to make up for years of pay restraint.

“But we have been told there is only 1% in the budget for pay unlike other parts of the public sector.

“This is a disgraceful way for the government to treat its own workforce. Theresa May should be under no illusion. If her ministers do not fully fund a fair pay increase, we will be consulting our members on serious sustained strike action”.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell also addressed conference and said that when Labour is elected “trade unions are going into government” with us.

He also expressed support for the strike action saying: “We’ll be alongside you on every picket line.”

You can support the PCS pay campaign by:

  • Signing up to become a PCS Advocate to help us win the pay rise you and your colleagues deserve
  • Attending PCS meetings at your workplace
  • Persuading non-members to join PCS now to back our campaign for fair pay.

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