17 March 2022

Vote yes in the national consultative ballot

We all need to play our part to win on pay, starting with a great turnout in the defence sector group in the national ballot.

Pay is a huge issue for our members in the defence sector, that’s why your union is campaigning for decent pay as part of the national PCS campaign. (https://www.pcs.org.uk/campaigns/vote-yes-pcs-national-ballot)

We have submitted a pay claim (https://www.pcs.org.uk/news-events/news/pcs-2022-pay-claim-ministry-defence-national-ballot) for 2022 covering all workers in the Ministry of Defence, Defence Electronics and Components Agency and UK Hydrographic Office. The claim calls for a 10% cost-of-living rise and living wage of £15 an hour.

If the government is not prepared to act to tackle the cost-of-living crisis for its own workers, then we must look at what action members are prepared to take. It is therefore crucial members vote in the online ballot which ends on 21 March.

This is not a strike ballot. A statutory industrial action ballot might follow later.

Many of you are facing severe hardship because of the cost-of-living crisis, which is compounded for you by a pay freeze and cap that means the average PCS member is £2,300 a year worse off since 2011. On top of this members have been overpaying for their civil service pension by an average of £500 a year.

Emma, who works for the Ministry of Defence, says she feels “stressed about the cost of living going up and having no wage rises in 2 years.”

She has voted yes in the ballot to call on the government to: “Give civil servants a decent wage rise in line with rising inflation.”

A big yes vote will send a powerful message to government ministers and individual employers and strengthen our position in talks with ministers.

We need members to:

Vote in the online ballot (https://www.pcs.org.uk/node/8027)

Source URL: https://www.pcs.org.uk/news-events/news/vote-yes-national-consultative-ballot