Civil service ballots close 5 and 11 March (John Moloney's column)

Submitted by AWL on 23 February, 2021 - 6:45 Author: John Moloney
PCS picket

Our industrial action ballots at DLVA Swansea, and in 12 courts across the UK, are continuing. Our members there are balloting over workplace safety concerns. Those ballots close on 11 March and 5 March respectively.

Our aim is to speak to every member who’s being balloted. Where reps can safely have those conversations in person, in the workplace, they will. But we’re also mounting a phone-banking operation to ensure every member is spoken to, to remind them about the ballot and the importance of voting. That effort will be run by activist volunteers, with support from union officials and with the support of union resources.

The phone-banking will continue throughout the balloting period, to confirm that members have returned their ballots. We want to be in no doubt of reaching the 50% turnout thresholds.

The union’s National Executive Committee will meet on 24 February. These disputes, as well as our dispute with the outsourced contractor OCS in the Ministry of Justice, will be discussed, as will the issue of national pay.

We won’t know the outcome of the referendum on the department-specific pay offer in HMRC, but I will continue to argue that, even if that deal is accepted, we should still build towards a national fight on pay and conditions that involves all members in all departments.

• John Moloney is assistant general secretary of the PCS civil service workers’ union, writing here in a personal capacity

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