PCS pay campaign

PCS balloting members on industrial action over pay

We held a statutory ballot on industrial action over pay from 18 June to 23 July.

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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