Anti-union law prevents PCS strike despite record “Yes” vote
PCS members have delivered the highest “Yes” vote and turnout in the history of the union, but will not be able to take strike action.
Although 85.6% of members voted “Yes” for strike action, the turnout was just 40.1% – short of the 50% required following a change in law in 2015.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Today our members have delivered a huge ‘Yes’ vote for strike action and will feel palpable anger at not being able to exercise their democratic right to withdraw their labour.
“This was the biggest ballot in the UK since new laws came into force in 2016 with 142,000 members in the civil service and related areas balloted.
“It is the biggest ‘Yes’ vote in our history and the biggest turnout we have ever achieved.
“However the anti-trade union laws which restrict participation to postal voting, make it very difficult to deliver large scale national action.
“If we had had electronic balloting, I am certain we would have beaten the threshold.
“The union’s executive will now meet to decide what to do next and we are not ruling out strike action in individual government departments.
“We urge the government to take seriously the strength of feeling within its own workforce and urgently meet with the union to discuss the pay situation.”