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Civil service workers ballot over job cuts

by Sue Bond PCS deputy president and Andy Reid PCS executive (pc)
Issue No. 2032

Hundreds of thousands of civil service workers are gearing up for a major battle with the government to stop job losses and defend public services.

Some 280,000 members of the PCS union are currently balloting to strike over 104,000 job cuts, privatisation and unfair pay.

The union has set Wednesday 31 January as the day of our first strike, if the ballot is successful. More action will be needed to win.

Mark Serwotka, the PCS general secretary, said, “There will be a range of very imaginative forms of industrial action. We are already planning a second wave of action, which will not be a traditional one-day strike.

“There is an onslaught against civil servants who face job losses, worse conditions and a pay cut, so we are expecting a big yes vote for industrial action.”

Tens of thousands of low paid workers are standing up to a brutal government to defend jobs and the welfare state. Every activist and trade unionist should back our struggle.

Every PCS member should vote yes to send a clear message to the government.

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Sat 6 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2032
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