Public sector workers balloted over industrial action


On 14 February the PCS public services union will launch a national ballot of its members in the civil service to assess their support for industrial action over pay. The union is calling for a 10% pay rise, plus an increase to the allowance for workers in London, a £15-an-hour (€17.90) living wage, 35 days’ leave for all workers, a reduction in working time without loss of pay and a return to national bargaining. Meanwhile, members of the Unite trade union in local government are also being balloted over action with the union rejecting the local government employers’ offer of a 1.75% pay increase (2.75% for the lowest paid). Unite is also calling for a 10% pay rise.