Civil service workers in every government department are set to begin voting in a consultative ballot on pay and pensions on Monday of next week. The ballot asks members of the PCS union if they would be prepared to strike.
It could be followed by a legal strike ballot. The PCS’s demands include a pay rise of 10 percent, and a minimum wage of £15 an hour.
It comes after civil service workers have suffered more than a decade of pay freezes and below inflation increases. PCS activist Pete Jackson told Socialist Worker, “All the time at work people talk about the cost of living increases and the hypocrisy of the government and big business—the idea that Shell and BP can make super profits while energy bills go up.”
He said that winning support for action meant linking the ballot to that anger over the cost of living.“All the conversations I have about the pay and pensions ballot start with the cost of living crisis, increases in rent and inflation, how hard it is to live and the absolute need for us to get a pay rise.”
He said activists should not “just go through the motions. Get as many members as possible to regional pay rallies, and try having car park meetings or workplace Zoom calls as well.”
The ballot is set to end on Monday 21 March.
PCS online meeting to launch ballot, Mon 14 Feb, 6pm. Go to bit.ly/PCS0222
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