National ballot result
Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992: Section 213 National Industrial Action Ballot
In accordance with the 1992 Act, these are the votes cast in this ballot for industrial action:
• Votes cast in the ballot 62,656
• Votes YES to strike action 38,122 60.8%
• Votes NO to strike action 24,534 39.2%
• Spoiled voting papers 1,250
Action short of strike action
• Votes cast in the ballot 63,906
• Votes YES to action short of strike 48,761 80%
• Votes NO to action short of strike 12,206 20%
• Spoiled voting papers 2,939
The national executive will meet on Tuesday, 5 March to consider the result and take decisions on industrial action. A programme of walkouts and protests will be discussed, with a decision expected on Wednesday (6).
The union has called for a minimum pay rise of 5% or £1,200 for all civil servants this year, for the living wage to underpin all government contracts, for no cuts to terms and conditions, and no increase in pension contributions, no increase in the pension age and no reduction in pension benefits.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Civil and public servants are working harder than ever to provide the services we all rely on but, instead of rewarding them, the government is cutting their pay, raiding their pensions and trying to rip up their basic working conditions.
“We said more than two years ago that austerity wouldn’t work and we have been proved right. Under this Tory-led government, our economy has flatlined, we are heading for a triple dip recession and the chancellor has lost his prized AAA credit rating.
“We urgently need to invest our way out of recession, with an end to the economically disastrous pay freeze and job cuts and with a serious clampdown on tax avoidance and evasion.”