Reasons to vote yes

09 Oct 2017

Our consultative ballot on the pay cap and whether members are prepared to take industrial action to protest against it, opened today (9). Here are 5 reasons why you should vote yes

The ballot runs from Monday, 9 October to Monday, 6 November and you can vote by post, email or phone.

If you have not received a ballot paper in the post or received details of how to vote online to your personal email address by 20 October you should request a replacement ballot paper by emailing

The ballot asks two 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?

Members are urged to vote yes to both questions.

If members say they would be prepared to take industrial action, there would need to be a further, statutory, ballot.

Why you should vote yes:

1 Civil servants have been hardest hit by the pay freeze.

For many PCS members, your pay has only increased by 5% over the past seven years.

2 The value of your pay is falling.

Over the time of the pay cap, inflation (measuring increases in the cost of living) has risen by 21.3%.

3 Because the government is weak and divided, especially on public sector pay.

The media is full of articles about dissent within the Tory party on a number of issues including scrapping the pay cap.

4 To support PCS as the union at the vanguard of the campaign to scrap the 1% pay cap.

Other public sector unions are balloting their members on the pay cap and if we all stand together and vote ‘yes’, we have the best chance of getting a fair deal.

5 If you don’t vote at all, it counts as a “no” vote.

Because of the new rules on turnout in trade union ballots, if anyone doesn’t vote it counts as a “no” vote.  So don’t rely on everyone else to cast their vote, please make sure you do it yourself.  You can vote by post, email or phone.

What you can do

  • Vote yes to both questions on the ballot paper
  • Urge your colleagues to vote in the election – remember, anyone who doesn’t vote counts as a “no” vote.
  • Encourage non-members to join the union. New members who join the union and are registered on our membership database by Friday, 27 October will be able to vote in the ballot. 
  • Join the Facebook Live event on pay at 7pm on 11 October
  • Use the pay calculator to see how the pay freeze has affected you and email to tell us your calculation and the impact of the cap on your life.

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