PCS union is asking workers to join a day of workplace protests on Thursday to launch a ballot calling for strike action with other unions over pay. The PCS consultative ballot, which runs from 12-30 June, asks members to join with other unions in a da …

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PCS union is asking workers to join a day of workplace protests on Thursday to launch a ballot calling for strike action with other unions over pay.

The PCS consultative ballot, which runs from 12-30 June, asks members to join with other unions in a day of action against the government’s pay cap, which is likely to be in place beyond 2015.

We have submitted a pay claim to the Cabinet Office, which asks for a £1,200 or 5% pay increase. If pay had kept pace with inflation, average civil service pay would be £2,300 higher than it is now.

Cards at the ready

Branches have been asked to organise lunchtime protests, meetings and other events on Thursday (12 June) to publicise the ballot and the issue of pay.

We would like you to take photos of your event of members holding the “We all need a pay rise” cards which have been sent out to branches so we can show everyone how much activity is taking place. Please submit your photos by email to campaigns@pcs.org.uk. You should include the name and postcode of your workplace and your contact details.

We will be uploading photos to our Flickr photo-stream and sharing them on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #weallneedapayrise.

Send a video message

Our national president Janice Godrich has recorded a video stressing the importance of supporting our campaign.

“We all need a pay rise” cards have been sent out to branches so get together and start recording your videos.

Keep them short, less than a minute, and sum up the impact of 4 years of frozen pay on you and your family. You might also like to explain what difference a decent pay rise would make. Send your videos to campaigns@pcs.org.uk

Read more about the campaign.


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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