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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 July 2018

Tory anti-union ballot threshold frustrates national strike action

PCS members back fightback on pay - keep building pressure

PCS strikers, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS strikers, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Marion Lloyd, PCS national executive committee (personal capacity)

The PCS pay strike ballot which finished midday Monday 23 July returned a massive majority for strike action, but the vote fell short of the 50% turnout required by the undemocratic Tory anti-union laws.

In a ballot of PCS public service members, the turnout was 59,254 (41.6%), which is the joint-highest in the union's history. Of those who voted, a huge 50,726, or 86%, voted yes to strike action.

This is something that the Tories should not ignore. We may have fallen short of the 50% threshold, but no way can the Tories take any real satisfaction from this ballot.

This is especially true for a Government that received the votes of only 28% of the electorate, and which is propped up by the reactionary DUP.

Significant

The strike ballot result is a disappointment but still represents a significant achievement. Thousands of our reps spent hundreds of hours leafleting, talking to members, organising car park meetings, phone-banking to chase votes and organising in the workplace. New members and new reps have been recruited to PCS in every corner of the country.

The union's National Executive Committee met on Tuesday 24 July to discuss the result and agree a way forward. Socialist Party members argued:

So long as the pay cap remains, the fight against it goes on.

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