“Ministers must now stop treating their own workforce like second-class citizens and put money on the table for a negotiated pay settlement.”
By the PCS Union
We have achieved a fantastic result with an overall 88% ‘Yes’ vote for industrial action on an overall 52% turnout.
The legal threshold for action has been exceeded in 106 employer areas; sustained, targeted strike action can now be taken by PCS members in any or all of these areas.
We can continue to call a mixture of sustained action in targeted areas and all-member strike action as part of our continuing campaign. Both forms of action may include members in HMRC who already have a mandate for action.
Ministers must now stop treating their own workforce like second-class citizens and put money on the table for a negotiated pay settlement.
Several employer areas fell fractionally short of the government’s anti-union 50% threshold, including the DWP. Despite the 88% vote for strike action in the DWP, the law prevents members taking action as the turnout was 1.3% short of the threshold. We anticipate members will be re-balloted following consultation.
Our annual delegate conference in Brighton in two weeks’ time will decide on the next steps in the campaign.
- This article was originally published by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) on May 10th, 2023.
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