The PCS postal pay ballot opens on Monday (18) and all 125,000 eligible members should receive their ballot paper to their home address by the end of next week.
Now is the time for change on pay, and the only way to make that change is to vote yes for strike action and yes for action short of strike.
If you aren’t already a member, you must join PCS by 12 April to take part in the postal pay ballot. You can register to join online in a couple of minutes.
The facts on pay
• Since 2010 civil service pay has fallen by comparison with the cost of living.
• The average civil servant, on a salary of £26,000, is now worse off by a massive £2,110 a year.
• Average civil service pay has fallen in value by comparison with local government, health and education, by a shocking 11.4%.
The gap between our pay and the rest of the public sector is increasing, and we need to act now if we want to catch up.
A 10% pay increase, demanded in the PCS pay claim, would restore the value of civil service pay not just with inflation, but with other public sector workers in local government, health and education.
Our industrial action strategy is designed to put as much pressure as possible on the government and civil service management. It will be sustained, targeted strike action, and action short of strike, such as targeted overtime bans, or asking members to refuse to volunteer to work in areas of government where they need civil servants the most and supported by the union’s strike fund.
All member strike action will also be used as part of the campaign when it will maximise pressure on the government in order to win a negotiated settlement.
Background to the ballot
Since 2010 pay rises in the rest of the public sector have outstripped the civil service.
Last year we were told the public sector pay cap was scrapped. While it was scrapped in areas such as health and local government however, in the civil service our permanent secretaries secretly agreed to keep the cap by limiting pay increases to 1-1.5%.
And to make matters worse, civil service CEO, John Manzoni has told us that funding for civil service pay this year will remain capped at 1%.
So we are balloting PCS members in the civil service to ask if they are prepared to take industrial action to get the pay rise they deserve. Our pay claim calls for a cost of living pay increase for all workers in the civil service and its related bodies of 10% with a minimum underpin of £2,400 and a Living Wage of £10 per hour nationally and £11.55 in London.
All you need to get involved with the phone bank is a phone (mobile or landline), a computer and access to wifi.
Calls will not be charged to you and your number will not be displayed on the call recipient’s phone.
You will follow a simple script on your screen to make the calls and then log the outcome.
- The ballot opens on 18 March and closes on 29 April.
- If you haven’t received your ballot paper by 23 March fill in the online form
- You must post your ballot paper by 24 April for it to be counted.