PCS union rep urges YES vote in ballot for action
As the national ballot opens in the PCS civil service trade union, we have received the following comments from a union rep in Coventry, urging a YES vote.
Ballot papers for the PCS union’s national strike ballot over pay are going out to members starting this week.
Among the most shocking of the facts about civil service pay is that it has fallen by 11.4% – more than other groups across the public sector.
Almost 40% of workers in the DWP – one of the largest groups covered by PCS – are forced to claim benefits to top up their abysmally low pay.
PCS is calling for an increase of 10% with a minimum underpin of £2,400 and a Living Wage of £10 an hour nationally and £11.55 in London.
The ballot papers will go out from March 18th, and it is vital to get as many members to vote. The draconian anti-union laws from the Tories mean that a 50% threshold is needed; although on the ballot last year we didn’t meet the threshold, the anger over pay will not have disappeared.
Alongside the national ballot are smaller groups taking action over working conditions, such as the 2 days of action recently at Wolverhampton and Walsall Universal Credit sites.
This Tory government is weak and divided, and civil service pay has remained dismally low since 2010. A victory in the ballot would not only see members taking action on pay, but give them the confidence to fight against the Tories. I urge all my fellow union members in Coventry and across the country to ensure they vote, and help us build up a strong, militant, democratic and fighting union in our workplaces.