PCS to launch industrial action ballot in March

06 Feb 2019

The national executive committee has unanimously decided to hold a ballot of over 120,000 members working in government departments for strike action over pay. The ballot will open on 18 March and close on 29 April.

The union is demanding a fully funded pay rise significantly above the rate of inflation and national pay bargaining across the civil service and related areas.

PCS will ballot over 120,000 members working in key government departments for strike action over pay, it was revealed today.

Workers from the UK civil service will be balloted for strike action as well as disruptive action short of a strike, which would take place in May.

If the strike goes ahead, it will be the biggest walkout by the civil service since the coordinated pensions’ strike of 2011.

General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Never has it been more necessary to have a well-paid and well-funded civil service than at a time of great uncertainty over Brexit.

“Yet what we have seen is a monumental betrayal of hard working staff in civil service departments over pay.

“Our members were led to believe that the pay cap had been lifted last year.

"Instead civil servants were singled out for unfair treatment and a de-facto pay cap remained in place.

“PCS members have had enough and after years of real terms wage cuts, will now be balloted with the aim of launching targeted and sustained strike action which will have a significant effect on key government departments.

Mark went on to say: “Ministers need to understand the very real anger that our members feel and seek to immediately reward their staff with a pay rise significantly above the rate of inflation.”

For civil service occupations average pay has fallen in value by around 10% since 2010. A branch briefing for PCS reps will be issued later today.

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