It is vital that all eligible members vote yes for a 5% pay rise when our statutory pay ballot opens on Monday (18 June) and send a powerful message to the government.
The decision to ballot was taken by delegates following a vote at the union’s annual conference in Brighton on 22 May to support our 2018 pay claim, which calls for a fully-funded 5% pay rise.
The ballot will open on 18 June and close on 23 July.
The question members in the civil service and related areas will be asked in the postal ballot is: Are you prepared to take part in strike action?
We are currently in pay talks with the Cabinet Office. A decisive yes vote will strengthen our hand in the talks and give negotiators a clear mandate from members.
Because of new trade union laws, to win the statutory ballot we need more than 50% of our total membership to vote. Voting can only take place by post.
It is vitally important that we achieve the 50% margin to give the union a strong mandate to proceed with our campaign.
Win the ballot
The government has refused to fund more than a 1% pay increase this year, with anything higher paid for by even more cuts. Civil servants in the Scottish Government, and staff in the NHS and local councils have all been offered pay rises of above 1%.
Now our members and representatives need to be ready to win the statutory ballot on pay. A strong yes vote will give us a mandate so the more members that vote for action the more the government has to treat us with respect and fairly.
Consultation on action
We won’t call industrial action without consulting with members first. We will consult members on the outcome of the talks with the Cabinet Office and on the type and duration of industrial action should it become necessary.
New members can vote
The deadline for new members to join 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.
Replacement ballot papers
Members should allow until Tuesday, 26 June to receive their original ballot paper, if this is not received by then, members should contact the PCS balloting office directly to request a replacement ballot paper by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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 commix and update as required before issuing a replacement ballot paper. Alternatively, balloting can be contacted on 020 7801 2810, 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.
When the ballot opens on 18 June we need members to vote yes, return their ballot paper and make this year we get above inflation pay rises.