Saturday, 17 March 2012

PCS: Record number reject pensions deal - get ready for strike action on 28th March

Press release from: 
Civil and public servants have rejected by a massive margin the government's attempts to make them pay more and work longer for a worse pension, and given the go ahead for further industrial action.

In a consultation ballot held by the union - representing more than half of all staff in the civil service and its related agencies - 90.5% of respondents rejected the government's proposals for a new pension scheme.

In what is the largest vote for action in any national ballot the union has held, 72.1% said they supported continuing the campaign, including with further industrial action alongside other unions. The turnout was 32.8%.

The union says this overwhelming rejection should bring the government back to the negotiating table to talk about the key issues over which ministers have consistently refused to move:
Increasing contributions from 1 April, with the money raised going to the Treasury to pay off the deficit
Linking the normal pension age with the state pension age, set to rise to 68 and possibly beyond
Devaluing pensions through the imposed switch in inflation indexation, which is still subject to a legal appeal in the High Court

The union's national executive committee will meet on Monday 19 March to consider the results alongside the latest positions of the other unions, and make a decision on the way forward.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "Civil and public servants can see that this government simply wants to make them pay for the mistakes of bankers and politicians, and have rejected by a massive margin this attack on their pensions.

"Ministers must now seriously engage in negotiations on the core issues if they want a settlement.

"The vote shows we remain committed to resisting this government's attacks on pensions, jobs and pay, and to working with other unions to build further co-ordinated industrial action."

Background to the vote


  1. so what happened on the PCS executive over March 28th!

  2. Thanks, whoever you are....

    PCS explain the decision here:

    Also see the following blog post by a member of the PCS NEC:

    PCS have been working towards united co-ordinated action, as we saw last year, that is still very possible - why throw it away for an isolated and inglorious 'last stand'. PCS don't want to make a last stand as this battle is far from over!