PCS pay campaign


Pay ballot: 9 October to 6 November

Our national executive committee agreed in July to hold a consultative ballot on pay to ask members what action they were prepared to take to force the government to scrap the 1% pay cap and give all public sector workers decent, fully-funded pay rises.

The ballot runs from Monday 9 October to Monday, 6 November.

Members can opt to vote by post, email or phone (all members involved in the ballot will receive a ballot by post).

Non-members can have a vote in the ballot if they join the union and we have processed the application by 27 October. Non-members therefore need to join the union as soon as possible in order to be guaranteed a vote in this important ballot.

The ballot, which will be run by the independent Electoral Reform Services, consists of 2 questions:

  1. Do you agree that the pay cap should be scrapped; and that funds should be made available to provide you with an above inflation pay rise?
  2. If the government refuse to scrap the pay cap, are you prepared to take part in industrial action?

Members are urged to vote yes to both questions.

Any move to take industrial action would require a further statutory ballot.

It’s time to pay up!

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

In advance of the Autumn Budget, we want you to help us show the chancellor, how the pay cap has affected you. So please 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 share this information on social media and email the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond 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 to enter into national negotiations over the key issues in our dispute:

  • Pay
  • Pensions
  • Jobs
  • Terms and conditions
  • Privatisation.

Making this small donation could help make major gains for all members on pay, pensions, jobs and terms and conditions.

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)

Get involved

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

Please email your stories to editor@pcs.org.uk