PCS pay campaign

PCS branches, groups, equality forums and members have the opportunity to comment on the direction of our pay campaign with the launch of a large-scale consultation which runs until 25 January, 2019.

Please read the consultation document and answer the questions on the online form, sending your response by 25 January 2019 or email mark@pcs.org.uk, or in writing to: General Secretary, PCS, 160 Falcon Road, London SW11 2LN.

Campaign strategy

The PCS national executive committee has agreed a campaign strategy for our 2019 pay campaign. NEC members agreed to:

  • Launch a mass consultation on our pay campaign
  • To campaign politically to put the pressure on ministers and departmental heads.
  • Hold an industrial action ballot, if it's required, to ensure we can force the government to think again and negotiate a fair, equal and above-inflation pay increase across the civil service
  • Jointly with the other main civil service unions, FDA and Prospect, we are writing to the government to demand they meet us and treat us fairly in 2019. 

Permanent secretaries and the Cabinet Office betrayed their staff on pay by secretly agreeing to limit pay increases. Disgracefully they argued our members should get less money for their hard work. This was the shocking revelation from the court case taken by PCS and other civil service unions in October this year.

For any potential ballot to be successful members in all workplaces need to get involved in our union to ensure we achieve a ballot turnout in excess of the 50% legal threshold imposed by the Tory government. 

Judicial review

Our judicial review into the government’s lack of consultation over the imposition of the Treasury pay remit, which we took along with the other civil service unions, disappointingly failed at the High Court. 

Disappointingly, the court held that there was not a clear and unambiguous representation that there would be consultation and the judicial review application failed. As a result, we are demanding a meeting with the government’s chief people officer, Rupert McNeil, to address matters arising from the judgement.

We urge all members to get involved in our campaign by:

Statutory ballot on industrial action over pay 18 June to 23 July, 2018.

PCS members delivered the highest yes vote and turnout in the history of our union. But undemocratic, anti-union strike laws, implemented last year, will prevent strike action.

The ballot will send a strong message to the government that PCS members want a pay rise. However, the new legal requirements mean that unions not only have to show majority support for a strike, but that 50% of those balloted have voted.

Our campaign has made our union stronger, with thousands of new members and hundreds of new reps and advocates. Our members still deserve a pay rise, so the pay campaign will not end with this disappointing result. Our national executive committee met on 24 July, and agreed the next steps in the pay campaign. These include:

  • writing to the Cabinet Office demanding urgent pay talks
  • supporting and coordinating delegated groups and branches in pay negotiations
  • fully supporting groups of members who wish to ballot for industrial action at delegated level.

We are determined to continue the campaign on pay this year; legally, through departmental talks and industrial action if necessary, and next year; through building our union so that we if we need to ballot for strike action we can be certain that we will beat the 50% threshold.

Conference agrees to hold ballot

On 22 May, delegates at our annual delegate conference voted overwhelmingly in favour of an emergency motion on pay calling for a statutory ballot of members on taking industrial action over pay, put forward by our national executive committee.

Pay claim

PCS made a 5% pay claim to the government but the Cabinet Office responded to say that it has only budgeted for a 1% pay rise for the UK civil service and related areas. This is despite other public sectors receiving higher offers.

PCS will continue to press for constructive talks to try to overturn the decision and secure a better pay offer for our members. In the event of a yes vote in our ballot, we would not call strike action until the outcome of any talks is discussed.

Share your experiences

Some PCS members report that by the end of each month they face difficult choices between paying bills and putting food on the table. Let us know:

  • What have you have had to do to make ends meet?
  • If yours is a ‘just about managing’ family, what does that mean in reality?
  • What would an inflation-busting pay rise mean for you?
  • Email your stories to editor@pcs.org.uk

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