PCS pay campaign


Pay ballot: 18 June to 23 July

At the end of May, PCS’s Annual Delegate Conference voted overwhelmingly to endorse an industrial action ballot in support of the union’s pay demands.

The ballot runs from Monday 18 June to Monday 23 July.

Changes to ballot laws mean that to take strike action, more than 50% must vote. This means that anyone who does not vote effectively counts as a No vote. Also the law means we can’t use on-line voting. The government have tried to make it as hard as possible for union members to vote for strike action.

New members can vote

The deadline for new members to join and be included in the ballot is noon, Friday 13 July, members who have completed an application to join PCS but are not recorded on our membership database commix by this deadline will not be included in the ballot.

Procedures are in place for new members joining throughout the balloting period to be included in the ballot and therefore there is no need to request ballot papers.

Replacement ballot papers

Members should allow until Tuesday, 26 June to receive their original ballot paper, if this is not received by then, members should contact the PCS balloting office directly to request a replacement ballot paper by emailing balloting@pcs.org.uk

The email must contain details of your request, either your membership or national insurance number and your ballot address, including postcode. Ballot addresses are required to enable us to check the details we hold on commix and update as required before issuing a replacement ballot paper. Alternatively, balloting can be contacted on 020 7801 2810. Please have your membership or National Insurance number to hand.

The deadline for requesting a replacement ballot paper is noon on Monday 16 July.

Requests for replacement ballot papers must come directly from the member, under no circumstances are reps able to request replacement ballot papers or provide us with a member’s personal information on their behalf.

Template leaflets

For other branches who may find them useful, we have put together editable Word templates of A4, A5 and A6 leaflets which you can download and use.

It’s time to pay up!

The government has refused to fund more than a 1% pay increase this year, with anything higher paid for by even more cuts. Civil servants in the Scottish Government, and staff in the NHS and local councils have all been offered pay rises of above 1%.

The 1% civil service pay cap, the removal of salary progression, increased pension scheme and National Insurance contributions – these have all combined to create a perfect storm.

Many civil servants are struggling to make ends meet – it’s clear that PCS members need and deserve a better pay deal.

That is why the union has launched a new pay campaign to fight for a rise of more than 1%.

Expert research from the University of Surrey, commissioned by PCS, has uncovered the true facts and figures behind the 1% pay cap and its real impact on civil service pay.

The research shows that between 2010 and 2016 the value of earnings in the civil service has fallen further than the value of pay in the rest of the public sector, and in the economy as a whole.

PCS will be presenting these findings to the Treasury. We believe that they make a powerful case for the government to reconsider their civil service pay policy and lift the 1% cap.

PCS Pay Calculator

Use our calculator and send a powerful message to the government to scrap the pay cap and fully fund an above inflation pay increase for all.

The calculator makes a simple analysis of the impact of inflation on your salary over seven years, assuming that you have received a 5% pay increase over that time. The calculator goes on to estimate the effect that the pay cap will have on the value of your pay if the pay cap continues until 2020 (using government estimates of inflation).

The calculator will also enable you to share this information on social media and email Cabinet Office minister, David Lidington, and your constituency MP.

Use the PCS pay calculator here.

Support the fighting fund


We are asking all members to make a voluntary donation of £2 a month to support striking members whose action could exert significant pressure on the government in national negotiations. Making this small donation could help make major gains for all members.

Our strategy

Sustained targeted industrial action has proved a successful tool in trade union disputes throughout history, but has to be funded to ensure members involved are not left in poverty.

In our consultation in 2013, dozens of branches said they were willing to take targeted action. Our national disputes committee is now working with branches and reps to look at how this could work in practice.

Encourage your colleagues to back the fighting fund and, if they haven’t already, to join PCS.

You can donate by:

  • Paypal (see buttons at bottom of page)
  • Writing a cheque for £24 made payable to PCS fighting fund levy and sending it to PCS Finance Department, Freepost, BFH1003, 160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2BR
  • Completing a direct debit form (PDF download)

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