Our union’s pay campaign for 2019 is already under way.
PCS will continue uninterrupted with our objectives on pay for the coming year. A court challenge over the government’s 2018 pay guidance, a potential legal case on the strike ballot laws, and live disputes such as the current ballot on a pay offer in the MOJ, all form part of the continued campaign.
A campaign plan will be put to the September NEC which will be designed to ensure that if we need to ballot next year we will beat the 50% ballot threshold.
The plan will include seminars and workshops for reps in our regions and nations in the autumn, building our organisation in key branches, recruiting new members and activists, and collecting and cleansing our data in order to be ballot-ready.
The government’s November Budget will set its spending plans for 2019, and the pay cycle will begin again.
The union’s NEC has already agreed to support a joint union judicial review into the process for publishing the Treasury pay remit, which this year came several months late and lacked any meaningful consultation with the trades unions. The unions will ask the court to rule that the government acted unlawfully in failing to consult with them over members’ pay.
If the pay cap is not lifted and the current government spending plans remain in place, the 2019 pay remit will be similar to the 2018 pay remit.
It will then almost certainly follow that we will need to ballot members for strike action again over pay.
With all of this in mind, July’s meeting of the NEC agreed that the 2019 pay campaign starts immediately.
PCS reps and members have already made a huge commitment to the pay campaign and created a large amount of momentum.
NEC members agreed that building on that momentum now is what’s needed to stand any chance of beating the 50% threshold in 2019.
In a message to members PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said there was an immense sense of pride in the way reps and members had conducted the campaign so far, adding that there was a “real determination to keep on campaigning to get you the pay rise that you deserve”.