Volunteer to help make Saturday our big vote yes day

10 Jul 2018

This Saturday (14 July) we are asking all reps and members to make one final push to ensure we achieve the biggest turnout in our history in our pay ballot.

Our headquarters in Clapham and all our regional offices will be open on Saturday and we’re looking for reps to come in and make phone calls to our members in the civil service and related areas to check that they’ve voted and if they haven’t to urge them to vote and to vote yes for pay justice.

If you can spare a couple of hours any time from 10.30am on Saturday it could make all the difference as we approach the ballot deadline of noon on 23 July. To volunteer, contact your nearest regional office or for our London headquarters headquarters, email organising@pcs.org.uk

Phone banks are also taking place every night this week and into next if you can spare an hour or two.

Training will be given before you start making your calls and whatever time you can spare will be greatly appreciated as every vote is crucial as we aim to get over the legally required 50% ballot threshold.

We have offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, and Peterborough so pick the one nearest to you.

Still time to vote yes

If you haven’t already voted there’s still time, it takes a matter of seconds to vote yes to the question are you prepared to take part in strike action? Then pop your ballot paper in the pre-paid envelope and put in a letter box. We then want you to record the fact that you have posted your vote on our online form. We’d also like everyone who has voted yes to speak to at least 2 of their colleagues to urge them to vote yes, too.

If you’ve lost your ballot paper or haven’t received one, don’t delay email balloting@pcs.org.uk today with either your membership number or National Insurance number and your ballot address including postcode. These details are essential when requesting a replacement ballot paper.

Every vote counts in this ballot as the government’s laws on balloting mean for it to be legal 50% of those eligible to vote in the civil service and related grades must do so. Not voting is effectively an endorsement of the government’s paltry, below inflation 1-1.5% 2018-19 pay rise and a vote for yet another year of pay restraint.

We want all eligible members to vote yes to support our claim for a fully-funded 5% pay rise which will start to redress the balance after years of 0-1% pay rises. Vote yespost your paper in your nearest post box and then record that you’ve voted on our web form.

Remember, the national executive committee has committed to consult all members again before any industrial action is called, but it is important that the government knows that we are prepared to take action if necessary.

No paper? Act now

If you’ve not yet received your ballot paper contact the PCS balloting office directly to request a replacement ballot paper by emailing balloting@pcs.org.uk

The email must contain details of your request, either your membership or National Insurance number and your ballot address, including postcode. Ballot addresses are required to enable us to check the details we hold on our Commix database and update as required before issuing a replacement ballot paper. Alternatively, you can call balloting on 020 7801 2810. Please have your membership or National Insurance number to hand.

The deadline for requesting a replacement ballot paper is noon on Monday 16 July.

Requests for replacement ballot papers must come directly from the member, under no circumstances are reps able to request replacement ballot papers or provide us with a member’s personal information on their behalf.

New members can vote

The deadline for new members to have joined and be included in the ballot is noon on Friday, 13 July. Members who have completed an application to join PCS but are not recorded on our membership database Commix by this deadline will not be included in the ballot.

Procedures are in place for new members joining throughout the balloting period to be included in the ballot and therefore there is no need to request ballot papers.

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
  • Voting yes in the pay ballot and posting your paper
  • Recording that you’ve voted on our web form
  • Persuading non-members to join PCS now to back our campaign for fair pay.

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