CIVIL servants sent a resounding message to the government yesterday: scrap the cap or we will strike.
Four out of five Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members said they were prepared to strike if the government does not back down over its pay cap.
There was a 49 per cent turnout in the consultative ballot of about 150,000 civil servants, the highest in the union’s history. The union will now move to a formal strike ballot and is expected to push for co-ordinated industrial action with other unions in the new year.
General secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Members have sent a clear signal that the cap must go and that they are prepared to fight for a decent pay rise.
“Prime Minister Theresa May and Chancellor Philip Hammond have a clear choice: they can take note of this vote of their own staff and take action now or ignore it at their peril.
“Weasel words about waiting for pay review bodies in the spring won’t cut it.”