Labour Research July 2018


PCS ballot

Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union in the civil service are balloting for strike action over pay, which could see 150,000 workers walk out this summer.

The decision to ballot was taken following a vote at the union’s annual conference in May and after the government announced it was budgeting for a 1% pay rise for civil service staff. 

The union is calling for a 5% rise and accuses the government of rowing back on a pledge to end low pay in its own departments.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said it was “astonishing” that the government singles out its own staff for a “derisory” 1% rise, “when they have rightly offered higher pay rises to other public sector workers”.

The ballot is set to close on 23 July.